De huisarts als primaire behandelaar van patiënten met een bipolaire stoornis: een exploratief onderzoek

Translated title of the contribution: The general practitioner in charge of treatment of patients with bipolar disorder: an exploratory study

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BACKGROUND: The role of the general practitioner (gp) in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder (bd), is under discussion.

AIM: To investigate how many patients with a recognised bd are being treated for their illness exclusively in the setting of primary care and to find out how many patients are registrated as having bd on their gp's file.

METHOD: We made an exploratory study in a gp's database containing data for 14,254 Dutch adult patients in the Amsterdam over a period of 3.5 years (2010-2013).

RESULTS: We found that the gp was in charge of the treatment of bd in less than one patient per practice. The percentage of patients officially recognised as having bd in the database we studied was 0.15%, a percentage that is much lower than the percentage of bd in the Dutch population as a whole. There are several possible explanations for this discrepancy.

CONCLUSION: Given these low numbers, it is unlikely that the gps can have adequate experience of giving their bd patients the latest type of treatment. In view of the increasing role played by gps in the treatment of bd, it is important that there is strong collaboration with specialised mental health care, and that a low threshold prevails for consultation and referral.

Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)190-7
Number of pages8
JournalTijdschrift voor Psychiatrie
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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