Journal article

Ethical considerations in preventive interventions for bipolar disorder

Aswin Ratheesh, Susan M Cotton, Christopher G Davey, Sophie Adams, Andreas Bechdolf, Craig Macneil, Michael Berk, Patrick D McGorry

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

AIM: Early intervention and prevention of serious mental disorders such as bipolar disorder has the promise of decreasing the burden associated with these disorders. With increasing early and preventive intervention efforts among cohorts such as those with a familial risk for bipolar disorder, there is a need to examine the associated ethical concerns. The aim of this review was to examine the ethical issues underpinning the clinical research on pre-onset identification and preventive interventions for bipolar disorder. METHODS: We undertook a PubMed search updated to November 2014 incorporating search terms such as bipolar, mania, hypomania, ethic*(truncated), early intervention, prevention..

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