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Use of treatment services and pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder in a general population-based mental health survey

TitleUse of treatment services and pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder in a general population-based mental health survey
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSchaffer, A.., Cairney J.., Veldhuizen S.., Cheung A.., and Levitt A.. J.
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Volume67
Pages386 - 393
Keywordsdiseases, disorders and chronic conditions, mental health and well-being, pharmaceutical drug use
Abstract

{Objective This study examined characteristics of treatment utilization in a large general population-based sample of bipolar subjects. Method Data source was the Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health and Well-Being, a nationally representative, community mental health survey of over 36,000 individuals conducted from May to December 2002. Subjects who met study criteria for a current or past manic episode were classified as having bipolar disorder. Sociodemographic and illness-related factors influencing likelihood of accessing treatment, delay to contact with treatment services, and use of pharmacotherapy among bipolar subjects were determined. Results Among the 852 bipolar subjects, 45.2% had never accessed treatment services. Male gender (p=.001), lower level of education (p=.003), and immigrant status (p<.001 were="" each="" significantly="" negatively="" correlated="" with="" use="" of="" treatment="" services.="" mean="" delay="" from="" illness="" onset="" to="" contact="" any="" services="" was="" years.="" sixty-six="" percent="" bipolar="" subjects="" had="" not="" taken="" a="" mood="" stabilizer="" or="" antidepressant="" medication="" in="" the="" past="" year="" and="" used="" antidepressants="" without="" stabilizer.="" female="" more="" likely="" than="" male="" be="" prescribed="" an="">

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16649824
Document URLhttp://www.psychiatrist.com/jcp/article/pages/2006/v67n03/v67n0308.aspx