A1 Journal article – refereed

Finnish Prenatal Study of Bipolar Disorders (FIPS-B): Overview, design and description of the sample

List of Authors: Chudal R, Sucksdorff D, Suominen A, Lehti V, Hinkka-Yli-Salomäki S, Huttunen J, Ristkari T, Gissler M, Mckeague IW, Brown AS, Sourander A

Publication year: 2014

Journal: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry

Volume number: 68

Issue number: 3

Number of pages: 11

ISSN: 0803-9488

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/08039488.2013.789073


Background: Bipolar disorders (BPD) are chronic mental illnesses, the development of which involves genetic factors and environmental influences. Aims : The aim of this paper is to provide an overall description of the Finnish Prenatal Study of Bipolar Disorders (FIPS-B), including the study design, national registers and linkage of the registers. Methods : FIPS-B is a population-based prenatal epidemiological study of BPD with a nested case-control study design using several national registers. The registers used are: the Finnish Medical Birth Register (FMBR), the Finnish Hospital Discharge Register (FHDR), the Population Central Register and the Finnish Maternity Cohort (FMC), which are linked using the unique personal identity code (PIC). FIPS-B includes all children born from January 1, 1983 to December 31, 1998 and diagnosed with BPD in Finland by December 31, 2008. Results : The total number of cases included in the FIPS-B is 1887. The age at first diagnosis ranged from 4 to 25 years. Half (50.4%) of the cases utilized only outpatient services, 12.7% only inpatient services and the rest (36.9%) utilized both services. Offspring of mothers with the lowest educational level had an increased odds of BPD (OR = 1.46, 95% CI 1.13-1.88). The cumulative incidence of BPD in the population aged 25 years or younger was 11.6/10,000 in 2008. Conclusions : FIPS-B has all the strengths of a register-based prenatal epidemiological study, along with the availability of maternal biomarkers, enabling it to examine several prenatal, perinatal and familial risk factors for BPD.

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