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Keywords:

  • Borderline personality disorder;
  • Brief Admission;
  • crisis;
  • literature review

Purpose

To review the available evidence-based literature on the components of brief inpatient psychiatric hospital admission as an intervention for patients with borderline personality disorder.

Design and Method

Systematic literature search, narrative literature review. Content analysis.

Findings

Five key components of brief admission as an intervention were identified: discussion of goals; organization of Brief Admission; clear admission procedure; specification of any other interventions during Brief Admission; and stipulation of conditions for premature (i.e., forced) discharge.

Research and Practice Implications

Brief Admission can be effectively used to prevent self-harm and suicide in patients with borderline personality disorder. During the Brief Admission, psychiatric nurses can support these patients achieving an active coping in dealing with their symptoms.