The Long-Term Efficacy of Three Psychotherapies for Anorexia Nervosa: A Randomized, Controlled Trial

Volume 44, Issue 7

About the Course:

The long-term efficacy of specialized psychotherapies such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for adults with anorexia nervosa is unknown.1 Only one controlled trial has published data evaluating the efficacy of different treatment approaches for anorexia nervosa among adults beyond one-year follow-up.2 Given that anorexia nervosa is a disorder that can run a chronic course,3 it is essential to evaluate the impact of treatment over the long term. Previously, we reported a randomized controlled trial comparing the efficacy of two specialized psychotherapies (CBT and IPT) and a control condition (specialist supportive clinical management, SSCM) for women with broadly defined anorexia nervosa treated as outpatients.4 Contrary to our original hypothesis, we found that SSCM was superior to specialized psychotherapies at post treatment.5 The present paper evaluates outcome at long-term follow-up assessment, and compares this with outcome at post-treatment, across the three psychotherapies.


Wiley Interscience Journal, International Journal of Eating Disorders

Publication Date:

November 2011


Frances A. Carter; Jennifer Jordan; Virginia V.W. McIntosh; Suzanne E. Luty; Janice M. McKenzie; Christopher M.A. Frampton; Cynthia M. Bulik; Peter R. Joyce

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for researchers and clinical professionals (psychologists, etc) who seek knowledge about treatment efficacy and outcome in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.

Course Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate the extent of available literature on the long-term efficacy of psychotherapy for anorexia nervosa.

  2. Cite possible explanations for the delayed improvement of individuals receiving interpersonal therapy.

  3. Describe the basic components of cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal therapy for anorexia nervosa.

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