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The efficacy of exposure and response prevention for Geriatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A clinical case illustration


Jones, MK and Wootton, BM and Vaccaro, LD, The efficacy of exposure and response prevention for Geriatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A clinical case illustration, Case Reports in Psychiatry, 2012 Article 394603. ISSN 2090-682X (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2012 The Authors-This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, (CC BY 3.0 AU) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

DOI: doi:10.1155/2012/394603


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most frequently occurring psychiatric conditions in older adults. While exposure and response prevention (ERP) is considered the most effective psychological treatment for children and adults with OCD, research investigating its effectiveness for older adults is scarce. This clinical case study investigates the effectiveness of ERP in an 80-year-old man with a 65-year history of OCD. The client received 14 individual, 50-minute ERP treatment sessions. Clinician-based Y-BOCS scores reduced by 65% from 20 (moderate) at pretreatment to 7 (subclinical) at 7-month posttreatment followup. OCI-R total scores reduced by 45% from 38 at baseline to 21 at 7-month follow-up. Despite his long history of the disorder, ERP was effective and well tolerated. The application of ERP for older adults with OCD, including age-specific modifications that may be required for this treatment approach, is discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:treatment, obsessive compulsive disorder, exposure and response prevention, geriatric
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Wootton, BM (Dr Bethany Wootton)
ID Code:90826
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-04-25
Last Modified:2014-08-08
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