Telemedicine for Women with Bipolar: Patient Preferences and Outcomes

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

This application addresses the public health problem of low engagement into evidence-based
treatment for women with Bipolar Disorder (BD). We plan to investigate the extent to which
telephone-based administered treatments for BD offer clinical and functional relief when
contextualizing these therapies to the needs of female patients across the lifespan. The
interventions are two options: (1) Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT), which
focuses on regulating biological factors of sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm disruptions,
and (2) Bipolar Disorder Collaborative Care (BDCC), which focuses on medication initiation or
optimization of the existing medication regimen. Specific Aims include: 1) To adapt face-to-face
treatments into a 12 week (12 session) telephone-administered formats for women with BD (all
subtypes); 2) To compare the acceptability of each phone-based treatment option (IPSRT and
BDCC) and to identify factors associated with acceptability; and 3) To examine the moderating
effect of health disparities (education, socioeconomic status) on outcome. This investigation
connects the expertise of the research team: clinical psychologists, Jackie K. Gollan PhD, and
Denada Hoxha PhD and perinatal psychiatrist Katherine L. Wisner MD, MS, with a community
psychologist, Darius Tandon, Ph.D., and a Bipolar Disorder telemedicine researcher, Evan
Goulding MD.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/148/31/16

Funding

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (FE Agr. 11/12/14)

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