Eating disorder patients' views on their disorders and on an outpatient service: a qualitative study


Reid, Marie, Burr, Jennifer, Williams, Sarah and Hammersley, Richard (2010) Eating disorder patients' views on their disorders and on an outpatient service: a qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 13, (7), 956-960. (doi:10.1177/1359105308095070).

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The objective of the study was to determine sufferers' views of outpatient treatment for eating disorders and provide practical recommendations for treatment practice. Twenty NHS outpatients participated in semi-structured interviews, which were subjected to thematic analysis. Respondents expressed ambivalence about whether their eating disorder is a way of exerting control or a disorder that controls them and this leads to them seeking treatment. Sufferers preferred a practical and sensitive approach and began to rely on treatment for recovery. Treatment needs to facilitate sufferers' need for control by striking a balance between practical and empathetic approaches that both involve patients in treatment decisions and give authoritative guidance.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1461-7277 (print)
1359-1053 (print)
Keywords: ambivalence, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, control, eating disorder services
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 148485
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2010 09:50
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:08
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/148485

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