Protocol: Personality assessment as a support for referral and case-work in treatment for substance use disorders (PASRC-study)

Hesse, Morten; Pedersen, Mads K.
January 2008
BMC Psychiatry;2008, Vol. 8, Special section p1
Academic Journal
Background: Assessment of co-morbid personality disorders in substance use disorders may lead to important insights concerning individual patients. However, little is known about the potential value of routine personality disorder assessment in a clinical context. Methods: Patients are adults with past-year substance dependence seeking treatment at a centralized intake unit for substance abusers in the City of Copenhagen. A randomized controlled trial of assessment of personality disorders and individual feedback vs. a general life situation interview. Patients are followed at 3 and 6 months post-treatment Discussion: If routine personality assessment improves outcomes of substance abuse treatment, the clinical implication is to increase the use of personality disorder assessment in substance abuse treatment settings. Trial registration: Current controlled trials ISRCTN39851689


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