Recognition of Bipolar Disorders at an academic, clinical and national level has increased in recent times, but remains in a constant state of flux. Although much progress has been made, full understanding of the condition remains in its infancy in many ways.
The European Bipolar Forum (EBF) creates a voice for clinicians and researchers to help steer the constant progress and development of knowledge relating to Bipolar Disorders. It encourages the initiation of new international projects and research encouraging members to link up through the website and conference activities to further develop the understanding of the condition.
The economic environment in Europe has, in recent times, been extremely difficult and this has resulted in healthcare budgetary cuts. Pressure is being brought to bear on mental health services in terms of lack of funds for research, treatment, and on-going medical education. All therapy areas are having to justify their importance, and fight for the funds that can allow these services to continue.
The EBF will represent clinicians and researchers in challenging cuts through the generation of consensus statements which emphasise the importance of all aspects of research and treatment into the Bipolar Disorders, including a justification of treatment practices from a Health Economic point of view. A programme of EBF Task Forces are being developed. Draft consensus statements will be published over the next six months in key topic areas. These will be posted on the website for members to comment on and refine over the following six months. First consensus statements will be reviewed finally at the IRBD conference in 2014 and will be publicized shortly thereafter. You can find out more and comment on the EBF Task Forces part of this website.
You can view the full EBF mission statement here