Clinical Problems in Community Mental Health Care for Patients with Severe Borderline Personality Disorder
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SourceCommunity Mental Health Journal, 45, 6, (2009), pp. 508-518
Article / Letter to editor
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SW OZ BSI BO
SW OZ BSI KLP
Community Mental Health Journal
SubjectExperimental Psychopathology and Treatment
The objective of this research was to assess the problems that professionals perceive in the community mental health care for patients with severe borderline personality disorder that do not fit into specialized therapy. A group of national experts (n = 8) participated in a four-phase Delphi-procedure to identify and prioritize the problems. A total of 36 problems reflecting five categories was found: patient-related, professional-related, interaction-related, social system-related, and mental health care-related. Problems with attachment and dependency and social issues were important patient problems while a lack of skills was an important professional problem. Support from the patient's social system and the mental health system were identified as limited, which resulted in both the patient and the professional feeling isolated. Patient, professional, and organisational characteristics of community care differ substantially from those of specialized care. The field is thus in need of a more tailored approach that takes these differences into account.
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