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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 54 (2012) 1, 75 - 80

Short report

Key points for the treatment of the elderly with bipolar disorder

A. Dols, H. van Gerven, F. Oostervink, S. Schouws, I. Tolner, R.W. Kupka, M.L. Stek

Summary
background There is a lack of research into the treatment of the elderly with bipolar disorder. The Dutch guidelines for the treatment of older persons with bipolar disorder are based primarily on research relating to younger adults.
aim To define key points for the treatment of bipolar disorder in later life.
method The working group on the elderly of the Dutch Foundation for Bipolar Disorder defined key points in several consensus meetings based on clinical experience and research literature.
results Recommendations were drawn up for the treatment of the elderly with bipolar disorder relating to somatic comorbidity, pharmacotherapy, cognitive dysfunctions and psychosocial support.
conclusions In general the Dutch Guidelines for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder are applicable for the elderly, provided the key points are taken into consideration.

 

keywords bipolar disorder, elderly, treatment