For people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, how effective is respite care (including psychiatric ward admission) compared with treatment as usual for minimising distress, risk of harm and in improving any other patient outcome?
Clinical and research
Although one study showed significant reductions in repeat
suicide attempts and the time to the first attempt in patients with
DSM-IV borderline personality disorder after a short period of
crisis hospitalisation, the fact that it was not a randomised
controlled trial limits the reliability of these findings. Further
research using longer follow-up periods and ideally a randomised
trial design, is needed to confirm these findings.
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