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End the bipolar tug-of-war

Valente, Sharon M. PhD, RNCS, FAAN; Kennedy, Barbara L. ND, ACRN, FNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000367933.64526.3e

People with bipolar disorder use three to four times more healthcare resources, spend four times more on healthcare, and account for approximately 15% of psychiatric admissions. In most cases, the goal of treatment is to stabilize the patient, and NPs should collaborate with a psychiatrist on diagnosis and treatment.

Sharon M. Valente is the associate chief of nursing research and education at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Los Angeles. Barbara L. Kennedy is an assistant professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson, Calif.

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