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Service innovations: development of a psychoeducational programme for patients with personality disorder

  • Karen D'Silva (a1) and Conor Duggan (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

This study describes a survey of in-patients with personality disorder admitted to a specialist personality disorder unit, in terms of their knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis, and the subsequent development of a psychoeducational programme.

Results

Overall, patients had a poor knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis. Most had not had their diagnosis explained to them, and if they had, they had not retained the information. Consequently a structured psychoeducational programme was developed, incorporating diagnostic information obtained at the pre-admission assessment.

Clinical Implications

Diagnostic information for those with personality disorder, even when it is available, is not transmitted to patients. Imparting this information through a psychoeducational programme is one way in which the therapeutic relationship between patient and clinician can be strengthened.

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Service innovations: development of a psychoeducational programme for patients with personality disorder

  • Karen D'Silva (a1) and Conor Duggan (a2)
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