The Collaborative Research Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD) is a multidisciplinary collaborative network of researchers, healthcare providers and community members (people living with bipolar disorder, their family members and supports) dedicated to researching and exchanging knowledge about psychological and social factors in bipolar disorder. Our aim is to enhance the health and wellness of people living with the condition.
The Quality of Life in Bipolar Disorder scale (QoL.BD) is the first quality of life questionnaire specifically designed for people with bipolar disorder. Quality of life refers to "individuals’ perceptions of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, expectations, standards and concerns” (World Health Organization, 1995). By measuring quality of life (QoL), we can help people who live with bipolar disorder clarify which domains of their life might need attention, assist clinicians in defining goals for treatment (see our video for healthcare providers) and support research to understand the effects of different treatments.
CREST.BD researchers are seeking to fully realize the potential of the QoL.BD to support individualized healthcare, and empower people living with bipolar disorder to manage and improve their health. The study will support the development, integration and evaluation of a web-based tool to help people with bipolar disorder and their healthcare providers to use the QoL.BD scale in everyday life to maximize quality of life. The goal of the study is to bring Quality of Life assessment into routine clinical practice and self-management of the condition.
This study has been approved by the University of British Columbia's Research Ethics Board, and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
If you are a clinician, please see our video for healthcare providers for more information.