Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, New South Wales 2145, Australia. Email: < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Psychotherapy with borderline patients: I. A comparison between treated and untreated cohorts
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 467–472, August 1999
How to Cite
Meares, R., Stevenson, J. and Comerford, A. (1999), Psychotherapy with borderline patients: I. A comparison between treated and untreated cohorts. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 33: 467–472. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1614.1999.00594.x
Anne Comerford, Research Officer
Department of Psychiatry, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the clinical outcome of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) who had received outpatient psychotherapy for 1 year with BPD patients who received no formal psychotherapy for the same period.
Method: Thirty patients with BPD were treated by trainee psychotherapists working according to clearly described therapeutic principles. They received intensive audiotaped supervision. Patients were seen twice weekly for 1 year. They were compared with 30 patients subsequently referred to the clinic, for whom no therapist was available and who remained on a waiting list for 1 year, receiving their usual treatment. The outcome measure was a score derived from DSM criteria. It was taken at the beginning and end of the year’s treatment, in the former case, and after at least 1 year on the waiting list in the latter. (The average waiting period was 17.1 months.)
Results and Conclusions: Patients who received psychotherapy were significantly improved in terms of the DSM score. Thirty percent of treated patients no longer fulfilled DSM-III criteria for BPD. The untreated patients were unchanged.