The World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) guidelines for the biological treatment of bipolar disorders, part III: Maintenance treatment Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Global Health
  • International Cooperation
  • Periodicity


  • As with the two preceding guidelines of this series, these practice guidelines for the pharmacological maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder were developed by an international task force of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP). Their purpose is to supply a systematic overview of all scientific evidence relating to maintenance treatment. The data used for these guidelines were extracted from a MEDLINE and EMBASE search, from recent proceedings from key conferences and various national and international treatment guidelines. The scientific justification of support for particular treatments was categorised into four levels of evidence (A-D). As these guidelines are intended for clinical use, the scientific evidence was not only graded, but also reviewed by the experts of the task force to ensure practicality.


publication date

  • July 2004



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15622970410029924

PubMed ID

  • 15346536

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 120

end page

  • 35


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