The selectivity of inclusion and exclusion criteria in bulimia nervosa treatment studies

James E. Mitchell, Daniel D. Maki, David E. Adson, Brian S. Ruskin, Scott Crow

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the rates of exclusion and inclusion in various research studies for a series of 51 treatment-seeking patients. Method: The inclusion and exclusion criteria employed in a sample of 41 studies were applied to a series of 51 treatment-seeking bulimia nervosa patients. Results: Of the sample of 51, 11, (21.6%) would have been excluded from 16 (39%) of the studies because of an age greater than 30; 13 (32%) of the studies would have excluded 8 (16%) of our patients because of weight > 110% ideal body weight. Thirteen (26%) would have been excluded from 22 (54%) of the studies because of active psychotropic drug use, despite the lack of response. Discussion: Some of the patients who may be most difficult to work with may be excluded from treatment studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-252
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 1997

Keywords

  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Exclusion and inclusion criteria
  • Treatment seeking

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