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Bipolar disorder: assessment and management [CG185]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1.2.12

Ensure that the physical health check for people with bipolar disorder, performed at least annually, includes: weight or BMI, diet, nutritional status and level of physical activity cardiovascular status, including pulse and blood pressure metabolic status, including fasting blood glucose, glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c) and blood lipid profile liver function renal and thyroid function, and calcium levels, for people taking long‑term lithium.

What was measured: Proportion of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and other psychoses who have a record of blood pressure in the preceding 12 months.
Data collection end: March 2015
81.5%
Area covered: England
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre. Quality Outcomes Framework.


Recommendation: 1.3.4

If bipolar disorder is diagnosed, develop a care plan in collaboration with the person with bipolar disorder based on the assessment carried out in recommendation 1.3.2 as soon as possible after assessment and, depending on their needs, using the care programme approach. Give the person and their GP a copy of the plan, and encourage the person to share it with their carers.

What was measured: Proportion of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder and other psychoses who have a comprehensive care plan documented in the record, in the preceding 12 months, agreed between individuals, their family and/or carers as appropriate.
Data collection end: March 2015
77.2%
Area covered: England
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre. Quality Outcomes Framework.


Recommendation: 1.10.15

Measure plasma lithium levels 1 week after starting lithium and 1 week after every dose change, and weekly until the levels are stable. Aim to maintain plasma lithium level between 0.6 and 0.8 mmol per litre in people being prescribed lithium for the first time.

What was measured: Proportion of patients on lithium therapy with a record of lithium levels in the therapeutic range in the preceding 4 months.
Data collection end: March 2015
82.6%
Area covered: England
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre. Quality Outcomes Framework.



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