ABSTRACT: Despite the severity of their disorder, only a few patients suffering from cluster A personality problems are admitted to mental health care facilities for appropriate treatment. A review of the international literature on the treatment of cluster A patients does not reveal any description of non-pharmaceutical treatment for this group of patients, nor does it mention any research into the effectiveness of treatment for the group.
To describe the development of a step-down inpatient treatment model for patients suffering from severe cluster A problems.
We reviewed the sparse research and the limited reports of clinical experience.
The arguments supporting a step-down inpatient version of mentalisation-based treatment and its application in clinical practice are discussed.
A step-down inpatient treatment model has been developed and will be tested in research.
Tijdschrift voor psychiatrie 01/2012; 54(4):377-82.