Long-term impact of treatment in women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa
Article first published online: 15 FEB 2002
Copyright © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 151–158, March 2002
How to Cite
Keel, P. K., Mitchell, J. E., Davis, T. L. and Crow, S. J. (2002), Long-term impact of treatment in women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 31: 151–158. doi: 10.1002/eat.10017
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2002
- Article first published online: 15 FEB 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 OCT 2001
- cognitive-behavioral therapy;
- bulimia nervosa
Both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medication have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. However, data concerning the long-term impact of such treatments have been limited. This study sought to determine if treatment with CBT and antidepressant medication was associated with better long-term outcome among women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.
Women (N = 101) who completed a controlled treatment study of bulimia nervosa participated in follow-up assessments approximately 10 years later.
Women who received treatment with CBT or antidepressant medication or both reported improved social adjustment at long-term follow-up compared with women randomized to the placebo condition.
Treatments with demonstrated efficacy for short-term outcome appear to improve psychosocial function at long-term follow-up among women initially diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. © 2002 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 31: 151–158, 2002; DOI. 10.1002/eat.10017