The Clinical History and Costs Associated With Delayed Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Paul E. Stang, PhD; Cathy Frank, MD; Anupama Kalsekar, MS; Marianne Ulcickas Yood, DSc, MPH; Karen Wells, BS; Steven Burch, PhD

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Bipolar disorder is a costly illness for which the impact on the healthcare system may vary depending on how quickly it is diagnosed. Delays in diagnosis may affect total healthcare costs but delay also appears to be related to additional costs after diagnosis. This is the first study to look at the impact of delays in diagnosis during an extended time and quantify these costs over time. Further research with more complete case ascertainment should be undertaken to further clarify the impact of speed of diagnosis and impact of disease.


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