Preventive psychiatric admission for patients with borderline personality disorder: a pilot study

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2010 Apr;46(2):127-34. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2010.00248.x.


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to establish the preliminary effects of preventive psychiatric admission of patients with severe borderline personality disorder (BPD) on the rate of agreement over treatment, patient service use, and patient views on the intervention.

Design and methods: A retrospective pre-post test design with quantitative measures and qualitative interviews was used.

Findings: Agreement over treatment increased substantially and significantly, and services use decreased substantially, yet not significantly. Patients were highly content with the intervention.

Practice implications: Preliminary results indicate that preventive admissions may be easy to use and cost effective with severe BPD patients in mainstream psychiatric services, but more research into the intervention is needed.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care / statistics & numerical data
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Borderline Personality Disorder* / prevention & control
  • Borderline Personality Disorder* / psychology
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Patient Admission*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Power, Psychological
  • Preventive Psychiatry / organization & administration*
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Program Evaluation
  • Qualitative Research
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome