2016 Funding Round - Project

Dr Cameron Lacey
University of Otago, Christchurch
Māori and bipolar disorder
36 months

Lay summary

While there is evidence for Maori having increased prevalence and worse outcomes with bipolar disorder, little is known about the factors contributing to these disparities or strategies to reduce them. This project aims to utilise routinely collected national data to identify detailed patterns of health service use for Maori with bipolar disorder as well as potential factors leading to disparities in outcomes. Maori patient and whanau experience with bipolar disorder and healthcare will be investigated in a range of settings to ensure the spectrum of severity and support needs are included. Focus groups with healthcare providers will discuss these patterns of health service use and Maori patient experiences to develop guidelines for best practice for Maori with bipolar disorder and generate strategies for change to address areas of unmet need.

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