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S3 guidelines on diagnostics and therapy of bipolar disorders. Development process and essential recommendations

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Thomas Meyer


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Bipolar disorders are severe psychiatric disorders with extensive individual and health economic consequences. Starting in 2007 the first German evidence and consensus based guideline for diagnostics and treatment of bipolar disorders was developed which holds the potential of increasing confidence of therapists, patients and relatives in the decision-making process and improving healthcare service experiences of patients and relatives. Apart from recommendations for diagnostics and treatment the guidelines provide those for trialogue action, knowledge transfer and self-help and for strategies for healthcare provision of this complex disorder. In the present article the methodology and essential recommendations are outlined and complemented in specific topics by corresponding articles in this special issue. Due to restrictions of the length of this presentation there is the need to refer to the comprehensive version of the guidelines at several points also regarding a detailed discussion of the limitations.

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Author(s): Pfennig A, Bschor T, Baghai T, Braunig P, Brieger P, Falkai P, Geissler D, Gielen R, Giesler H, Gruber O, Kopp I, Meyer TD, Mohrmann KH, Muche-Borowski C, Padberg F, Scherk H, Strech D, Bauer M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Der Nervenarzt

Year: 2012

Volume: 83

Issue: 5

Pages: 568-586

Print publication date: 01/05/2012

ISSN (print): 0028-2804

ISSN (electronic): 1433-0407

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s00115-011-3415-3


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