Comparing treatment programmes for anorexia

Cotter, Lisa J, Lacey, Hubert J, Morgan, John F, Sly, Richard and Ussher, Michael H (2016) Comparing treatment programmes for anorexia. British Journal of Healthcare Management, 22 (1). ISSN 1358-0574

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Objectives: To compare end-of-treatment outcomes for patients receiving either inpatient or day patient specialist treatment for anorexia nervosa. Outcomes included body mass index (BMI), symptom severity (EDE), general psychopathology (CORE), and treatment cost. Methods: A naturalistic study design was used. Participants were asked to complete validated questionnaires at the start and end of treatment, and weight data were also collected at these points. Cost of treatment episode was calculated at the end of treatment. These variables were compared between units. Results: Patients attending the two different treatment modalities had comparable treatment outcomes across weight measures, and global scores on the EDE and CORE questionnaires—all considered key treatment outcome variables. Those attending day patient treatment had treatment costs of on average £17 753 less than those in inpatient treatment. Discussion: Day patient treatment can produce similar treatment outcomes to its more intensive—and expensive—inpatient alternative. This is the first study to examine this in eating disorders, and warrants further examination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anorexia nervosa,eating disorders,treatment outcomes,commissioning
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Community and Family Health (former - to 2017)
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 15:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 00:58
DOI: 10.12968/bjhc.2016.22.1.34

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