Isr J Psychiatry Relat Sci - Vol. 49 - no 1 (2012)
Eric A. Youngstrom Et Al.
Evidence-Based Assessment Strategies for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Eric A. Youngstrom, PhD,1 melissa mcKeown Jenkins, mA, 1 Amanda Jensen-Doss, PhD, 2 and Jennifer Kogos Youngstrom, PhD1 1 2
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A. Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Evidence-based assessment of pediatric bipolar disorder has advanced rapidly in the last two decades, moving from isolated clinical case descriptions to what is now a portfolio of techniques that include checklists from multiple informants, semi-structured diagnostic interviews and severity ratings, and technologies that allow daily tracking of mood and energy over the course of treatment. this review critically appraises (a) the need for evidence-based assessment of bipolar disorder as a common component of clinical practice, (b) triggers that warrant assessment of bipolar, (c) when best to deploy different techniques over the course of diagnosis and treatment, and (d) promising new developments in assessment. A decision-making framework is adapted from evidence-based medicine to guide assessment sequences in a patient-centered approach. Emphasis is placed on approaches that currently have the best validity and are feasible in most clinical practice settings. these methods increase accuracy and address many controversies surrounding pediatric bipolar diagnoses.
a result, practitioners have had minimal training in the assessment of PBD. Should busy clinicians invest the time and effort to learn about evidence-based assessment strategies for pediatric bipolar disorder? Given the stakes involved in making this diagnosis correctly, as well as the rapid advances in the evidence base over the last several years, there are few niches that could provide so substantial a return on investment. Other papers in this special...
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