Service innovations: development of a psychoeducational programme for patients with personality disorder

  • D'Silva K
  • Duggan C
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Describes a survey of 11 male inpatients with personality disorder admitted to a specialist personality disorder unit, in terms of their knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis. This paper also details the subsequent development of a psychoeducational program that utilized this assessment information as part of the therapeutic process. Data show that overall, patients had poor knowledge and understanding of their diagnosis. Most had not had their diagnosis explained to them, and if they had, they had not retained the information. Consequently, the psychoeducational program was developed and its objectives, structure, and acceptability are described. It is concluded that diagnostic information for those with personality disorder, even when it is available, may not transmitted to patients. Imparting this information through a psychoeducational program is one way in which the therapeutic relationship between patient and clinician can be strengthened. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)

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D’Silva, K., & Duggan, C. (2002). Service innovations: development of a psychoeducational programme for patients with personality disorder. Psychiatric Bulletin, 26(7), 268–271. https://doi.org/10.1192/pb.26.7.268

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