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Psychiatr Serv. 2010 Sep;61(9):865-7. doi: 10.1176/ps.2010.61.9.865.

Best practices: disseminating best practices for bipolar disorder treatment in a correctional population.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT 06030, USA. jkamath@uchc.edu

Abstract

Use of medication treatment algorithms may facilitate clinical decision making, improve consistency, and reduce polypharmacy in the correctional setting. A feasibility study was conducted investigating use of Texas Implementation of Medication Algorithms (TIMA) guidelines for bipolar disorder in the Connecticut Department of Correction. Forty inmates with diagnoses of bipolar disorder were treated over a 12-week period adhering to the TIMA algorithm for bipolar disorder. Significant improvement was seen in the primary and secondary outcome measures (p<.001). This pilot project confirmed the feasibility of algorithm adaptation to the correctional setting and provided specific recommendations for successful dissemination of the TIMA algorithm for bipolar disorder in correctional settings.

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20810582
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10.1176/ps.2010.61.9.865
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