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Therapeutic community provision at regional and district levels

  • Steffan Davies (a1), Penelope Campling (a1) and Kerry Ryan (a1)
Abstract
Aims and method

The aim of the study was to investigate changes in service utilisation following therapeutic community treatment for patients with severe personality disorder. The study examined service usage, in the form of acute psychiatric admissions, of a series of 52 admissions to a residential therapeutic community in the three years before and year after admission.

Results

There was a reduction in the mean duration of acute psychiatric admissions after treatment, this was greater for extra-contractual referral patients than local district patients.

Clinical Implications

This study replicates results from previous studies. It also suggests that more accessible local services may be able to intervene earlier in patients' psychiatric careers preventing heavy use of acute services. We argue for greater provision of therapeutic community treatment for severe personality disorder.

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Therapeutic community provision at regional and district levels

  • Steffan Davies (a1), Penelope Campling (a1) and Kerry Ryan (a1)
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