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Journal:   JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN MEDICAL SCIENCES (JRMS)   JULY-AUGUST 2010 , Volume 15 , Number 4; Page(s) 229 To 234.
 
Paper: 

BIPOLAR DISORDER PATIENTS FOLLOW-UP (BDPF): METHODS AND MATERIALS (SHORT COMMUNICATION)

 
 
Author(s):  SHAABANI AMIR*, TAHERI AIDA, AZAD FOROUZ S., NAJD ABBASI CH., MOUSAVI ZAHRA, ZANGENEH K., SHARIAT S.V., NOHESARA SH., NASERBAKHT MORTEZA, TABAN MOZHGAN, KOUKAR S., TEYMOURINEZHAD S., HAKIM SHOUSHTARI M., SHIRAZI ELHAM
 
* BIPOLAR DISORDERS RESEARCH GROUP, MENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTRE, IRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES AND HEALTH SERVICES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: The Bipolar Disorder Patients Follow-up (BDPF) project is a longitudinal, prospective and naturalistic study. The purpose of the present report is to introduce the project, elaborate its methods, and present the reliability data of the utilized symptoms rating scales.
METHODS: The sampling started in May 2008 and is still in progress. The probands are assessed at the beginning of the sampling and then 2 and 6 months later and then every 6 months using several instruments to identify psychiatric comorbidities, symptoms severity, quality of life, attempted suicide rate, treatment compliance, and some other factors.
RESULTS: The results could lead to increase the clinicians' awareness about the clinical picture of this disorder in Iranian patients.
CONCLUSIONS: The present project could decrease to some extent the current shortcomings in Iran's psychiatric data at least about one of the major psychiatric disorders known as the eighth result which cause medical disability over the world.

 
Keyword(s): BIPOLAR DISORDER, FOLLOW UP, NATURALISTIC STUDY, OUTCOME STUDY, LONGITUDINAL STUDY, IRAN
 
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