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Targeted clinical education for staff attitudes towards deliberate self-harm in borderline personality disorder: randomized controlled trial

Treloar, A.J.C. and Lewis, A.J. (2008) Targeted clinical education for staff attitudes towards deliberate self-harm in borderline personality disorder: randomized controlled trial. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 42 (11). pp. 981-988.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00048670802415392
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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of attending targeted clinical education on borderline personality disorder on the attitudes of health clinicians towards working with deliberate self-harm behaviours commonly exhibited by patients diagnosed with this complex disorder. Comparisons of clinicians across service settings, occupational fields, and other demographic areas were also made.

METHOD:
A purpose-designed demographic questionnaire and the Attitudes Towards Deliberate Self-Harm Questionnaire were used to collect the demographic information and assess the attitudes of 99 mental health and emergency medicine practitioners across two Australian health services and a New Zealand health service, both before and after education attendance.

RESULTS:
Statistically significant improvements in attitude ratings were found for both emergency medicine clinicians and mental health clinicians in working with deliberate self-harm behaviours in borderline personality disorder, following attendance at the education program with a medium affect size (t(32)=-3.45, p=0.002, d=0.43 and t(65)=-5.12, p=0.000, d=0.42, respectively). Clinicians across occupational areas of nursing, allied health, and medical fields demonstrated equivocal levels of improvement in their attitude ratings.

CONCLUSIONS:
Results are discussed in terms of the necessity of providing regular access to targeted clinical education for health professionals working with patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage Publications
Copyright: © 2008 by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30862
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