Management of bipolar depression
23a The care record shows that a
depression-screening algorithm is followed, eg Hamilton.
23b Where antidepressants are prescribed, the care record shows
they are prescribed in combination with a mood stabiliser.
23c The care record shows the use of a professionally rated
assessment tool to monitor outcome, eg Montgomery Asberg Depression
Rating Scale (MADRS).
Supporting material for standard 23:
Useful resources are available in the SIGN and NICE
Evidence-based guidelines for
treating bipolar disorder: revised second
the British Association for Psychopharmacology http://www.bap.org.uk/pdfs/Bipolar_guidelines.pdf