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MAPS Group Therapy Model for Bipolar Disorder

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Chen-Ju Lin, Mackay Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 22, 2010
Last updated: April 7, 2015
Last verified: April 2015

This study aims to develop the MAPS(M,Monitoring;A,Assessing;P,Preventing or Reducing Relapse;S,Smart goal setting) group therapy model for bipolar disorder patients as other adjuvant clinical treatment and develop the instruments for evaluating the severity of bipolar symptoms. The investigators insist to provide the psychosocial intervention for bipolar patients in the general hospital and offer appropriative adjuvant intervention except current psychiatric biological treatment.

This study is a one-year project. First, the investigators like to translate the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) and the Altman Self-Rating Scale for Mania (ASRM) to Chinese and finish the reliability and validity study. Second, the investigators would like to develop the MAPS group therapy to enhance bipolar patients' insight, increased life quality and decrease suicidal ideation. This study is a case control study. All cases recruit from the psychiatric outpatient department of one medical center. The inclusion criteria are diagnosed as bipolar disorder, age from 18 to 65 and agree to sign the inform consent. The excluded criteria are hard to communicate, with acute psychiatric feature and severe physical illness. The investigators plan to hold the MAPS group three times and predetermine to recruit totally 30 patients as the case group. As to the control group, the investigators also recruit from the psychiatric outpatient department and those who treat as usual by control their gender, age and the same diagnosis as bipolar disorder. The only one different factor between the case group and the control group was attending the MAPS group therapy or not. In MAPS group therapy, two facilitators work with ten clients with twelve weekly sessions and three monthly booster sessions. Self-report rating scales (DASS and ASRM) are completed at the beginning of each session. The investigators use DASS and ASRM to evaluate the severity of bipolar symptoms; BSS for suicidal ideation; SF-36 for life quality. The hypothesis is "patients attended to MAPS group therapy have better symptoms control, lower suicidal ideation, better life quality and less use emergency department or admissions than those who didn't attend the group therapy".

Condition Intervention
Bipolar Disorder Suicide Behavioral: psychoeducation group therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Psychoeducational Group Therapy Model for Bipolar Disorder Patients

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Further study details as provided by Chen-Ju Lin, Mackay Memorial Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The main outcome measures are time to recurrence a new acute bipolar episode [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    This is defined as the time (days) elapsed between baseline and the emergence of a new acute episode according to DSM-IV criteria and scores above or equal to 20 on the YMRS for manic recurrence; above or equal to 12 for hypomanic recurrence; above or equal to 17 on the HRSD-17 for depressive recurrence; and above or equal to 20 on the YMRS and 12 on the HRSD-17 for mixed recurrence.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of recurrences [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    The number of recurrences, separating for type of episode (manic, hypomanic, mixed or depressive) will also be recorded as a secondary outcome measure.

  • Time spent ill [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    Another secondary outcome measure is time spent ill. The investigators obtain this data by prospectively registering the number of days that a participant fulfilled criteria for a specific episode.

  • Psychiatric outpatient adherence and drug compliance [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    The medication compliance questionnaire reported compliance with any prescribed mood stablizers.(Lam DH, et al. 2000, 2005) Respondents had a choice of noting whether the patient in the past month had (1) never missed taking their medication, (2) missed taking it once or twice, (3) missed taking it between three to seven times, (4) missed taking it more than seven times, or (5) stopped taking it altogether.

  • Numbers and time of emergency use and hospitalization [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    The number of hospitalizations, reasons for admission and total number of days that the participant remained hospitalized will also be recorded during follow-up period.

  • Suicidal ideation and number of suicidal attempt [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    The Chinese version of Scale for Suicide Ideation had been translated and the excellent psychometric properties for measuring suicidal ideation in Chinese populations were done (Zhang and Brown, 2007). The BSS and the suicidal attempts will be re-assessed every 3 months or whenever a new episode was suspected by the psychiatrist in charge of the participant.

  • The life quality of bipolar patients [ Time Frame: every 3 months for up to 12 months after enrollment ]
    This SF-36 Taiwan standard version was developed in 1996 following the protocol by the International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA) Project. The protocol includes forward and backward translation, focus group discussion, pilot testing, and extensive psychometric analysis of the translation. (Fuh JL et al, 2000; Chang DF,et al, 2000).The SF-36 Taiwan standard version will be also repeated every 3 months or whenever a new episode was suspected by the psychiatrist in charge of the participant.

Enrollment: 68
Study Start Date: July 2009
Study Completion Date: April 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Psychoeducation group therapy
The structured group program comprised of an initial block of 12 weekly sessions with three additional monthly booster sessions, designed to support participants in the application of knowledge and skills to everyday life situations. All participants also received standard psychiatric care as well.
Behavioral: psychoeducation group therapy
This program consists of 15 sessions of closed group, with each session lasting 120 minutes, each aims at improving four main issues: illness awareness, early detection of prodromal symptoms and recurrences, treatment adherence, and lifestyle regularity. The program will be in groups of 6-12, conducted by two experienced therapists. The structure of each session consists of 30-40 minutes talk on the topic of the day, followed by an exercise related to the issue and a discussion.
Placebo Comparator: Treat as Usual
Patients who were assigned to the control group received standard psychiatric care and standard pharmacological treatment without group-based psychosocial intervention. Weekly phone calls to the control group over the initial 12 weeks were controlled for any extra contact time with researchers outside of the structured intervention group.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • bipolar disorder outpatients in remission, defined as Young Mania Rating Scale score < 6, Hamiltone Depression Rating Scale-17 < 8
  • age 18 to 65 years old
  • speaking Mandarin
  • agree to sign the inform consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those who were hard to communicate such as mental retardation, hearing impairment and etc
  • with acute psychotic feature
  • with severe physical illness
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01152034

Mackay Memorial Hospital
Taipei City, Taiwan
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mackay Memorial Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Chen-Ju Lin, senior visiting staff, Mackay Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01152034     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MMH-I-S-662
Study First Received: June 22, 2010
Last Updated: April 7, 2015

Keywords provided by Chen-Ju Lin, Mackay Memorial Hospital:
Bipolar disorder
psychosocial intervention
group therapy
relapse prevention
Medication adherence
Self-Injurious Behavior
Quality of Life

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bipolar Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Bipolar and Related Disorders
Mental Disorders
Self-Injurious Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on September 21, 2017