Standard 12 month dialectical behaviour therapy for adults with borderline personality disorder in a public community mental health setting

Authors: Flynn, D; Kells, M; Joyce, M; Corcoran, P; Gillespie, C; Suarez, C; Weihrauch, M;& Cotter, P.

Source: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation. 2017 Sep 23;4(1):19

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is noted to be an intervention with a growing body of evidence that demonstrates its efficacy in treating individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Evidence for the effectiveness of DBT in publicly funded community mental health settings is lacking, however. No study to our knowledge has been published on the effectiveness of a 12-month standard DBT programme without adaptations for individuals with BPD in a publicly funded community mental health setting and no study has included data across multiple time-points. The main objective of the current study was to determine if completion of a 12-month DBT programme is associated with improved outcomes in terms of borderline symptoms, anxiety, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, depression and quality of life.

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