Nurse specialists said the Irish research findings had implications for the UK, where up to 13% of the population are estimated to have the condition.
Researchers from Dublin surveyed 157 psychiatric nurses and found that 80% of respondents believed people with BPD did not receive adequate levels of care.
Around, 98% of nurses blamed lack of services and 83% cited differences of opinion between staff about how best to care for people with BPD as a major factor.
Fiona McGruer, nurse specialist at the Birmingham Personality Disorder Service, one of only three UK specialist services for BPD, said: ‘Because it is not a formal mental health primary diagnosis [patients] cannot get adequate treatment.
‘There are services available, but a lot of mental health trusts don’t think they are worth it,’ she said.
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