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Successfully treating 90 patients with obsessive compulsive disorder in eight days: the Bergen 4-day treatment
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Number of Authors: 132018 (English)In: BMC Psychiatry, ISSN 1471-244X, E-ISSN 1471-244X, Vol. 18, article id 323Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Oslo University Hospital, Norway, had by autumn 2016, accumulated a waiting list of 101 patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who had a legal right to receive treatment by a specialized OCD team. In this challenging situation, the Bergen OCD-team suggested to solve the problem by offering all patients an option for the rapid Bergen 4-day treatment (B4DT). The B4DT is an individual treatment delivered during four consecutive days in a group of six patients with the same number of therapists. The approach has previously shown a post-treatment response rate of 90% and a 3-month remission rate of 70%. Methods: Ninety-seven of the wait-list patients were available for the scheduled time slots, and 90 received the 4-day format during 8 days (45 patients each week). The therapists were recruited from 22 different specialized OCD-teams from all over Norway, and 44 (68%) had not previously delivered the 4-day format. Results: Post-treatment; 91.1% of the patients were classified as responders, and 72.2% were in remission. At 3-month follow-up; 84.4 were classified as responders and the remission rate was 67.7%. Oslo University Hospital now offers the 4-day treatment as standard treatment for OCD. Conclusions: We conclude that the B4DT is an acceptable and potentially effective OCD-treatment.

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2018. Vol. 18, article id 323
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obsessive-compulsive disorder, OCD, 4-day treatment, exposure
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161001DOI: 10.1186/s12888-018-1887-4ISI: 000446391300001PubMedID: 30286745OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161001DiVA, id: diva2:1255984
Available from: 2018-10-15 Created: 2018-10-15 Last updated: 2019-12-09Bibliographically approved

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