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World J Psychiatr. Dec 22, 2016; 6(4): 431-441
Published online Dec 22, 2016. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v6.i4.431
Health-care needs of remitted patients with bipolar disorder: A comparison with schizophrenia
Rajarshi Neogi, Subho Chakrabarti, Sandeep Grover
Rajarshi Neogi, Subho Chakrabarti, Sandeep Grover, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh 160012, India
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to this work; Neogi R was involved in the planning of the study, carrying out the assessments, data analysis and writing the initial draft; Chakrabarti S and Grover S were involved in planning the study, supervision of assessments, data analysis and preparing the final draft of the paper; all authors have approved the final version of the submission.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Institutional Review Board.
Informed consent statement: All involved persons (patients and their relatives) gave their written informed consent prior to study inclusion. Anonymity of study-participants has been maintained.
Conflict-of-interest statement: Conflict of interest statement in proper format has been submitted.
Data sharing statement: Technical appendix, statistical code, and dataset available from the corresponding author at subhochd@yahoo.com. Participants gave informed consent for data sharing. Supplementary data is available from the corresponding author.
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Correspondence to: Subho Chakrabarti, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Sector 12, Chandigarh 160012, India.subhochd@yahoo.com
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Received: August 17, 2016
Peer-review started: August 19, 2016
First decision: September 6, 2016
Revised: September 18, 2016
Accepted: October 17, 2016
Article in press: October 18, 2016
Published online: December 22, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Health-care needs, functioning and quality of life (QOL) were assessed in 150 outpatients with remitted bipolar disorder (BD) and 75 with remitted schizophrenia. A high number of needs were found in BD; economic, welfare and information needs were mostly unmet. Total, met and unmet needs were significantly higher for schizophrenia, but the pattern of needs was similar to BD. Relatives reported more needs than patients with differences in the types of needs. Patient-functioning, residual symptoms and QOL were associated with higher needs. Unmet needs in remitted patients with BD were indicative of the enduring psychosocial impairment during remission.