Eating Disorders Treatment Patterns by Age

Jaime Ballard, D. Russell Crane

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This longitudinal, retrospective study examines patterns in eating disorder outpatient mental health treatment by age. Participants (n = 5,445) included patients treated for an eating disorder, with claims for treatment from Cigna, a leading health care insurance provider in the United States. Treatments for individuals 55 and older were less expensive and shorter than for any other age group. Treatments for individuals 44–55 were less expensive than for 15–24. Individual therapy is the most common treatment modality, but younger individuals are likely to receive family therapy. Younger individuals have lower dropout and higher return to care rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-274
Number of pages13
JournalEating disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 27 2015

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