Conflict of Interest Statement
Regained Control: A Phenomenological Study of the Use of a Relapse Prevention Plan by Patients With a Bipolar Disorder
Article first published online: 18 JAN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 49, Issue 4, pages 235–242, October 2013
How to Cite
Daggenvoorde, T. H., Goossens, P. J. J. and Gamel, C. J. (2013), Regained Control: A Phenomenological Study of the Use of a Relapse Prevention Plan by Patients With a Bipolar Disorder. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 49: 235–242. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12009
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
- Issue published online: 4 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 18 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 31 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 5 JUL 2012
- Bipolar disorder;
- lived experiences;
- relapse prevention plan;
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.
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.
Professionals can draw upon the patient's experiential knowledge as an important source that guides clinical practice and decision-making.