A case series investigating acceptance and commitment therapy as a treatment for previously treated, unremitted patients with anorexia nervosa

M. I. Berman, K. N. Boutelle, Scott J Crow

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN) using a case series methodology among participants with a history of prior treatment for AN. Three participants enrolled; all completed the study. All participants had a history of 1-20 years of intensive eating disorder treatment prior to enrollment. Participants were seen for 17-19 twice-weekly sessions of manualized ACT. Symptoms were assessed at baseline, post-treatment and 1-year follow-up. All participants experienced clinically significant improvement on at least some measures; no participants worsened or lost weight even at 1-year follow-up. Simulation modelling analysis (SMA) revealed for some participants an increase in weight gain and a decrease in eating disorder symptoms during the treatment phase as compared to a baseline assessment phase. These data, although preliminary, suggest that ACT could be a promising treatment for subthreshold or clinical cases of AN, even with chronic participants or those with medical complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-434
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Eating disorder treatment
  • Simulation modelling analysis

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