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A randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for borderline personality disorder: Rationale for trial, method, and description of sample

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  • Kate Davidson
  • Peter Tyrer
  • Andrew Gumley
  • Philip Tata
  • John Norrie
  • Stephen Palmer
  • Humera Millar
  • Leigh Drummond
  • Helen Seivewright
  • Heather Murray
  • Fiona Macaulay


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JournalJournal of personality disorders
DatePublished - Oct 2006
Issue number5
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)431-449
Original languageEnglish


This paper describes the rationale for a randomized controlled trial, comparing cognitive behavior therapy in addition to treatment as usual with treatment as usual alone, for borderline personality disorder. Previous pioneering randomized controlled trials of psychotherapies have suffered from methodological weaknesses and have not always been reported clearly to allow adequate evaluation of either the individual study or comparisons across studies to be undertaken. We report on the recruitment and randomization, design, and conduct of an ongoing randomized controlled trial of one hundred and six patients with borderline personality disorder. Primary and secondary hypotheses and their planned analyses are stated. The baseline characteristics of 106 patients meeting diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder are described.

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