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Outpatient CBT for underweight patients with eating disorders: effectiveness within a National Health Service (NHS) Eating Disorders service

Jenkins, P. E., Morgan, C. and Houlihan, C. (2019) Outpatient CBT for underweight patients with eating disorders: effectiveness within a National Health Service (NHS) Eating Disorders service. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 47 (2). pp. 217-229. ISSN 1352-4658

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S1352465818000449

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Background: Underweight eating disorders (EDs) are notoriously difficult to treat, although a growing evidence base suggests that outpatient cognitive behaviour therapy for EDs (CBT-ED) can be effective for a large proportion of individuals. Aims: To investigate the effectiveness of CBT-ED for underweight EDs in a ‘real-world’ settings. Method: Sixty-three adults with underweight EDs (anorexia nervosa or atypical anorexia nervosa) began outpatient CBT-ED in a National Health Service setting. Results: Fifty-four percent completed treatment, for whom significant changes were observed on measures of ED symptoms, psychological distress, and psychosocial impairment. There was also a large effect on body weight at end-of-treatment. Conclusions: The results suggest that good outcomes can be achieved by the majority of those who complete treatment, although treatment non-completion remains a significant barrier to recovery. Future studies should focus on improving treatment retention, as evidence suggests that CBT-ED in ‘real world’ settings is effective.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:77109
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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