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- Informed consent for research in Borderline Personality Disorder

Informed consent for research in Borderline Personality Disorder

Rachel E Dew1,2

1Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

BMC Medical Ethics 2007, 8:4. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

 

Abstract

Background

Previous research on informed consent for research in psychiatric patients has centered on disorders that affect comprehension and appreciation of risks. Little has been written about consent to research in those subjects with Borderline Personality Disorder, a prevalent and disabling condition.

Discussion

Despite apparently intact cognition and comprehension of risks, a borderline subject may deliberately choose self-harm in order to fulfill abnormal psychological needs, or due to suicidality. Alternatively, such a subject may refuse enrollment due to transference or the desire to harm him or herself. Such phenomena could be precipitated or prevented by the interpersonal dynamics of the informed consent encounter.

Summary

Caution should be exercised in obtaining informed consent for research from subjects with Borderline Personality Disorder. A literature review and recommendations for future research are discussed.

 


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