Eating disorders patients’ views on their disorders and on an outpatients service: a qualitative study

Marie Reid, Jennifer Burr, Sarah Williams, Richard Hammersley

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)956-960
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Health Psychology
    Volume13
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008

    Keywords

    • eating disorders
    • anorexia nervosa
    • outpatient service
    • bulimia nervosa
    • health psychology

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