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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 7 (1994), Issue 3-4, Pages 205-209

Long-Term Follow-Up of Patients Suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treated as In-Patients

P. C. H. Ashworth,1,2 K. M. Davidson,1,3 and C. M. Shapiro1,4

1Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 5HF, UK
2Health Psychology Department, Preston Hospital, North Sheilds, Tyne & Wear NE29 OLR, UK
3Permanent address: Stobhill Hospital, 133 Balornock Road, Glasgow G21 3UW, UK
4Permanent address: University of Toronto, Canada

Received 1 January 1994; Accepted 7 July 1994

Copyright © 1994 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Few patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) require in-patient treatment. There is sparse information on outcome of OCD patients treated as in-patients. This paper is a descriptive account of the current functioning of 54 OCD patients treated in hospital, on average 10 years prior to the study. Follow-up reveals that outcome for the majority of patients is poor with 29 (59%) of the sample showing at least mild symptomatology or some difficulty in several areas of functioning.