Developing a Small Specialised Body Dysmorphic Disorder Service in Leeds


Aims and Method A specialist service was developed to treat patients with body dysmorphic disorder within a liaison psychiatry service. Case notes were reviewed with the aid of an audit tool to capture demographic information, and scores on psychometric measures pre and post intervention by the service. Results Twenty per cent of patients who were given the intervention no longer met caseness for BDD at the end of treatment. Standardised measures also indicated improvements in anxiety and depressive symptoms. There were statistically significant improvements in symptoms. However, caution is necessary in interpreting these findings, because of the small sample size and the absence of a control group. Clinical Implications It is feasible to run a small specialised service for BDD patients with minimal resource. Our data demonstrate some preliminary evidence that the service is effective.

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Protheroe D. & Edwards M. & McMillan D., (2010) “Developing a Small Specialised Body Dysmorphic Disorder Service in Leeds”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 7(1). doi:






David Protheroe
Megan Edwards

Dean McMillan





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