Impact of co‐morbid personality disorder on quality of inpatient mental health services for people with anxiety and depression
Williams, R., Farquharson, L., Rhodes, E., Dang, M., Fitzpatrick, N., Quirk, A., Baldwin, D. S. and Crawford, M. J. 2020. Impact of co‐morbid personality disorder on quality of inpatient mental health services for people with anxiety and depression. Personality and Mental Health.
|Authors||Williams, R., Farquharson, L., Rhodes, E., Dang, M., Fitzpatrick, N., Quirk, A., Baldwin, D. S. and Crawford, M. J.|
Concerns have been raised about the quality of inpatient care received by patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder.
The aim of this study was to examine the quality of care received by inpatients with an anxiety or depressive disorder, comparing subgroups with or without a co‐morbid personality disorder.
We used a retrospective case‐note review of 3 795 patients admitted to inpatient psychiatric wards in England, utilizing data from the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression. Data were gathered on all acute admissions with an anxiety or depressive disorder over a 6‐month period, for a number of measures reflecting quality of care derived from national standards. Association of coexisting personality disorder with quality of care was investigated using multivariable regression analyses.
Four hundred sixteen (11.0%) of the patients had a co‐co‐morbid diagnosis of personality disorder. Patients with personality disorder were less likely to have been asked about prior responses to treatment in their initial assessment (odds ratio (OR) = 0.67, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.50 to 0.89, p = 0.007). They were less likely to receive adequate notice in advance of their discharge (OR = 0.87, 95% CI 0.65 to 0.98, p = 0.046). They were more likely to be prescribed medication at the point of discharge (OR = 1.52, 95% CI 1.02 to 2.09, p = 0.012) and less likely to have been provided with information about the medicines they were taking (OR = 0.86, 95% CI 0.69 to 0.94, p = 0.048). In addition, the carers of patients with co‐morbid personality disorder were less likely to have been provided with information about available support services (OR = 0.73, 95% CI 0.51 to 0.93, p = 0.045).
We found evidence of poorer quality of care for patients with co‐morbid personality disorder who were admitted to psychiatric hospital for treatment of anxiety or depressive disorders, highlighting the need for improved clinical care in this patient group.
|Journal||Personality and Mental Health|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons|
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|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1002/pmh.1484|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.1002/pmh.1484|
|Online||19 May 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||27 Apr 2020|
|Deposited||29 May 2020|
|Funder||National Institute for Health Research|
|Copyright holder||© 2020 The Authors Personality and Mental Health|
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