Journal article

Mechanisms of change in brief treatments for borderline personality disorder: a protocol of a randomized controlled trial

Ueli Kramer, Loris Grandjean, Helene Beuchat, Stephane Kolly, Philippe Conus, Yves de Roten, Bogdan Draganski, Jean-Nicolas Despland

TRIALS | BMC | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is one of the most frequent, most debilitating and lethal mental conditions and is associated with a serious burden of disease. Treatment for patients with BPD involves structured psychotherapy, and may involve brief psychiatric treatment as first-line intervention. No controlled study has assessed the effectiveness of such brief intervention. Whereas most psychotherapy studies in patients with BPD focus on the effectiveness of the intervention, we still lack an understanding of how and why these effects are produced from a patient process perspective. It is therefore of utmost importance to study the treatment-underlying mechanisms of change..

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