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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 28 April 2010
Keywords: ambivalence, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, control, eating disorder services


Local EPrints ID: 148485
ISSN: 1461-7277
PURE UUID: 87810597-4d34-406a-81c4-9ce917c00cb0

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Date deposited: 28 Apr 2010 09:50
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 19:31

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Author: Marie Reid
Author: Jennifer Burr
Author: Sarah Williams
Author: Richard Hammersley

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