Journal article

The bipolar comprehensive outcomes study (BCOS): Baseline findings of an Australian cohort study

Jayashri Kulkarni, Michael Berk, Paul B Fitzgerald, Anthony R de Castella, William Montgomery, Katarina Kelin, Alan Brnabic, RenceE Granger, Seetal Dodd

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Bipolar Comprehensive Outcomes Study (BCOS) is a 2-year, observational study of participants with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder examining clinical, functional, and economic outcomes associated with naturalistic treatment. METHODS: Participants prescribed mood stabilisers were assessed using various measures, including the Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), 21-item Hamilton Depression Rating scale (HAMD21), Clinical Global Impressions-Bipolar Version Severity of Illness scale (CGI-BP), and the EuroQol instrument (EQ-5D). RESULTS: 240 participants were recruited from two sites. On average, participants were 41.8+/-12.7 years of age (mean+/-SD), 58.3% were female, and 73.3..

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