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Malaysian Family Physician, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2016, pp. 27-31

Roles of primary care physicians in managing bipolar disorders in adults

Abstract : Management of bipolar disorder (BD) is challenging due to its multiple and complex facets of presentations as well as various levels of interventions. There is also limitation of treatment accessibility especially at the primary care level. Local evidence-based clinical practice guidelines address the importance of integrated care of BD at various levels. Primary care physicians hold pertinent role in maintaining remission and preventing relapse by providing systematic monitoring of people with BD. Pharmacological treatment in particular mood stabilisers remain the most effective management with psychosocial interventions as adjunct. This paper highlights the role of primary care physicians in the management of BD.
Keywords : Bipolar disorder,Depression,Maintenance phase,Mania,Monitoring,Primary care
Subject Area : Community and Home Care Family Practice

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