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Abstract

The paper reviews the literature on dropping out from psychological treatments for eating disorders (pharmacological treatments are not covered). Drop-out rates for bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are summarized by treatment type, format, and setting. The paper also offers a clarification of the meaning of dropping out and how treatment drop-out relates to attrition, premature treatment termination, and treatment refusal. The paper questions the focus on patient characteristics in drop-out research and suggests ways forward.