Date of Degree


Document Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Michael D. Moon


Background. Bipolar disorder is a combination of multiple mood disorders associated with high suicide rates. The mood disorder questionnaire is a reliable, cost-effective, and time-effective screening tool to aid in diagnosing bipolar disorder (Carvalho et al., 2015; Miller & Black, 2020). Purpose. To implement the mood disorder questionnaire during admission to improve the accuracy of diagnosing bipolar disorder among providers in patients without a history of bipolar disorder. Goal. To increase the utilization of the mood disorder questionnaire thereby increasing bipolar disorder diagnosis accuracy. Objectives. 100% of the team will attend an in-service on the project; 60% of patients without a history of bipolar disorder will be screened with the mood disorder questionnaire; 100% of patients screening positive will be evaluated for bipolar disorder by providers; 100% of patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder will be prescribed appropriate pharmacotherapies. Methods. Education regarding the mood disorder questionnaire, pre and post-education surveys, administration of the mood disorder questionnaire, weekly audits of screening and assessment documentation, and documentation of prescribed pharmacotherapies. Outcomes. 100% of staff were educated on the mood disorder questionnaire; screenings increased from 0% to 55%; 100% of the patients with a positive screening were assessed for bipolar disorder; 100% of patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder were prescribed appropriate pharmacotherapies. Implications for Practice. Utilization of a validated and evidence-based mood disorder questionnaire screening tool increases the quality and standardization of initial assessments for bipolar disorder among all providers. The mood disorder questionnaire aides to optimizes patients’ quality of care and outcomes.