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The Treatment of Severe, Chronic, Resistant Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: An Evaluation of an In-patient Programme Using Behavioural Psychotherapy in Combination with Other Treatments

  • Lynne M. Drummond (a1)
Abstract

This study examined 49 in-patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who were treated over three years. The patients had failed to respond to previous treatment. Treatment consisted of in-patient exposure, occasionally combined with other interventions individually tailored to the patient's specific difficulties. This resulted in significant clinical improvements and an average 40% reduction in rituals in 31 (63.3%) of these chronic patients. These gains were maintained at an average 19-month follow-up. Checking rituals were more likely to be associated with good outcome. Women had a later onset of the disorder and a slight tendency to better prognosis. No other predictors of outcome were found.

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