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Title: The development of an intervention to support job retention and return to work for individuals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder
Author: Canham, Joanna
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 8226
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2016
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This research explores the links between bipolar disorder and work. It focuses on the factors that impact an individual’s ability to work and explores whether a simple intervention to support all the key stakeholders (employees with bipolar disorder, line managers and occupational health professionals) involved in the process can be effective. This thesis involved three distinct parts. In the first part a qualitative focus group study explored the views and experiences of the employee, line manager and occupational health professional (OH) participants with respect to the management of bipolar disorder and work. Consensus was reached across the three groups on the main challenges to managing work and bipolar disorder and the solutions to overcome these. The three groups were in agreement on the key areas to be addressed in the intervention to meet the needs of each stakeholder group. In the second part, a qualitative questionnaire study explored the employment patterns and the impact of clinical and demographic variables on the employment outcome across a large sample of participants with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This study identified that individuals with bipolar disorder can obtain and sustain employment for prolonged periods, with some reporting sickness absence levels that match those without a mood disorder. It also identified the key clinical and demographical variablesbest associated with employment outcome, which included educational attainment, age of onset of contact with psychiatric services and length of longest psychiatric hospital admission. In the third part, informed by the literature review and focus group findings, the intervention 'Working With Bipolar' was developed that aimed to improve the interactions and conversations between the three key stakeholders in regard to the management of bipolar disorder and work. This intervention was well regarded among the target users and allowed positive and constructive ideas for change.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry