Regained control: a phenomenological study of the use of a relapse prevention plan by patients with a bipolar disorder.

Regained control: a phenomenological study of the use of a relapse prevention plan by patients with a bipolar disorder.

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2013 Oct;49(4):235-42

Authors: Daggenvoorde TH, Goossens PJ, Gamel CJ

Abstract
PURPOSE: To explore the lived experiences with the development and use of a relapse prevention plan by patients with a bipolar disorder.
DESIGN AND METHODS: In this phenomenological study, we conducted unstructured interviews. Colaizzi's data analysis method was used.
FINDINGS: The relapse prevention plan was perceived to provide a guide for patients to regain control over their lives and develop self-management skills. Contact with relatives and the match with the professional were critical facilitating factors.
PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Professionals can draw upon the patient's experiential knowledge as an important source that guides clinical practice and decision-making.

PMID: 25187444 [PubMed - in process]