Written information on bipolar affective disorder: the patients' perspective

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Title: Written information on bipolar affective disorder: the patients' perspective
Authors: White, Daniel C.
Schelten, Sofia Laureano
Kelly, Brendan D.
Casey, Patricia R.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5780
Date: 2010
Abstract: Aims and method: The mental health information available to people with bipolar affective disorder is variable in quality. We conducted a qualitative survey in an urban out-patient department to elicit the opinions of people with bipolar affective disorder on the written information provided by three health information providers.Results: Participants’ responses were generally positive for each leaflet. The two leaflets rated highest by participants used quality assurance tools. However, 20-30% had difficulty understanding the leaflets. Medical jargon and verbosity were common criticisms. Clinical implications: Professional bodies such as the Royal College of Psychiatrists play an important role in providing patients with written information. Quality assurance standards should be used in the production of patient information. A tool measuring individuals’ appraisal of information may ensure information is appropriate to their requirements.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Copyright (published version): 2010 Royal College of Psychiatrists
Keywords: Bipolar disorder;Mental disorder;Written information;Affective disorders;Patient information leaflets;Quality assurance;Internet
DOI: 10.1192/pb.bp.109.027177
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Medicine Research Collection

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