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Communicating With Colleagues and Patients About Acute Bipolar Disorder

Joanne DeSanto Iennaco, PhD, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APRN; and Julie A. Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, APRN

Published: January 27, 2016

Article Abstract

Patients with bipolar disorder require a collaborative care approach involving primary care doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, therapists, and other support to manage their illness. Psychiatric mental health nurses and advanced practice nurses provide important psychoeducation to patients regarding their diagnosis, medications, and other treatment strategies. Communication among the care team is critical to ensure that patients are adhering to treatment, being monitored for symptoms and adverse effects, and receiving follow-up and support to improve their functioning.

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