Strategies for engaging people with personality disorder in treatment
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Strategies for engaging people with personality disorder in treatment

Martin Clarke Research fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
Mary Jinks Research associate, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
Nick Huband Clinical research fellow, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
Mary McMurran Professor of personality disorder research, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham

Preparing clients on what to expect during therapy and taking steps to promote their continued attendance can help tackle the problem of non-completion, say Martin Clarke and colleagues

Around one third of people with personality disorder do not complete treatment. It is important to improve engagement because non-completion of treatment is associated with poorer clinical outcomes. Possible strategies include offering clients choice of, and preparation for, therapy, negotiating treatment goals, strengthening hope from the start, and using an engagement action plan to identify and address potential obstacles to engagement.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 8, 23-27. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.05.17.8.23.e894

Correspondence

martin.clarke@nottingham.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 31 May 2013

Accepted: 01 October 2013