Implementation of the Bergen 4-day treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder in Iceland
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the first implementation outside of Norway of the Bergen 4-day treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), an innovative and effective treatment format with high acceptance and basically no drop-out. Method: Nineteen patients with OCD underwent the treatment at the Icelandic Anxiety Clinic (Kvíðameðferðarstöðin). Of these, 17 of the patients were classified pretreatment with severe to extreme symptoms and 2 were classified with moderate symptoms. 63% of the patients had previously received treatment for OCD (ERP or CBT). Results: Mean pretreatment score on Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) was 28.79 (SD = 4.42). One week post-treatment mean Y-BOCS score was 9.95 (SD = 3.67). 94.7% of the patients had responded to treatment and 73.7 were in remission according to the international consensus criteria. At 3-month follow-up, the Y-BOCS score was 11.09 (SD = 5.89) where 78.9% of the patients had responded to treatment and 63.2% were in remission. Conclusions: All patients expressed high satisfaction with the treatment format, and none of the patients would have preferred longer term treatment. The therapists also expressed satisfaction with the treatment format. The Bergen 4-day treatment for OCD is a very promising treatment for OCD, and can be successfully implemented outside Norway.