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Online ethics: where will the interface of mental health and the internet lead us?

While e-health initiatives are poised to revolutionize delivery and access to mental health care, conducting clinical research online involves specific contextual and ethical considerations. Face-to-face psychosocial interventions can at times entail risk and have adverse psychoactive effects, something true for online mental health programs too. Risks associated with and...

Evaluating discussion board engagement in the MoodSwings online self-help program for bipolar disorder: protocol for an observational prospective cohort study

Background Online, self-guided programs exist for a wide range of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, and discussion boards are often part of these interventions. The impact engagement with these discussion boards has on the psychosocial well-being of users is largely unknown. More specifically we need to clarify the influence of the type and level of engagement...

Evaluation of the acceptability and usefulness of an information website for caregivers of people with bipolar disorder

Background Bipolar disorder is associated with extreme mood symptoms, disability and suicide risk. Close family or friends often have a primary role in supporting an adult with bipolar disorder. However, not all support is helpful and there is little publicly accessible evidence-based information to guide caregivers. Caregiver burden increases the risk of caregiver depression and...

Harnessing the potential of community-based participatory research approaches in bipolar disorder

Perez Algorta 2 Steven J. Barnes 1 Lesley Berk 6 7 Michael Berk 4 5 Rachelle Hole 9 Sara Lapsley 8 Victoria Maxwell 3 Roumen Milev 10 John McManamy 11 Greg Murray Mauricio Tohen Samson Tse Manuel Sanchez ... International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) Taskforce on Community Engagement Co-chairs: Erin Michalak & Sheri Johnson. Members: Steven Barnes, Lesley Berk, Michael Berk, Allen Doederlein, Steven Jones

Treatment and outcomes of an Australian cohort of outpatients with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder over twenty-four months: implications for clinical practice

Background The Bipolar Comprehensive Outcomes Study (BCOS) is a 2-year, prospective, non-interventional, observational study designed to explore the clinical and functional outcomes associated with ‘real-world’ treatment of participants with bipolar I or schizoaffective disorder. All participants received treatment as usual. There was no study medication. Methods Participants...