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Specialised in-patient treatment for severe, chronic, resistant obsessive–compulsive disorder

  • Lynne M. Drummond (a1), Anusha Pillay (a2), Peter Kolb (a2) and Shashi Rani (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

A naturalistic study was conducted to examine the outcome on self-report and observer-rated measures in patients with severe, chronic, resistant obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) admitted to a specialised in-patient unit.

Results

Twenty-six patients were admitted over the study period. The mean age of all patients was 37 years (s.d.=13.8, range 18–61 years) and they had a mean duration of OCD of 18.4 years (s.d.=10.9, range 4–40 years). Instruments measuring severity demonstrated a 37–67% reduction in obsessive–compulsive symptoms and a 64% reduction in depressive symptoms after an average of almost 15 weeks in hospital.

Clinical Implications

This study demonstrates that specialised in-patient care can benefit a small group of severely ill patients with OCD who fail to respond to treatment in primary and secondary care.

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Specialised in-patient treatment for severe, chronic, resistant obsessive–compulsive disorder

  • Lynne M. Drummond (a1), Anusha Pillay (a2), Peter Kolb (a2) and Shashi Rani (a2)
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