Specialist supportive clinical management for anorexia nervosa

Authors

  • Virginia V. W. McIntosh PhD, Dip Clin Psyc,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, P. O. Box 4345, 4 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Jennifer Jordan PhD, Dip Clin Psyc,

    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Suzanne E. Luty BM, BS, PhD, FRANZCP,

    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Frances A. Carter PhD, Dip Clin Psyc,

    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Janice M. McKenzie MB, ChB, FRANZCP,

    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
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  • Cynthia M. Bulik PhD,

    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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  • Peter R. Joyce MD, PhD, BSc, FRANZCP, FRSNZ

    1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand
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Abstract

Objective:

This article presents the rationale for, and description of, a nonspecialized therapy for anorexia nervosa, called specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM).

Method:

Clinical management and supportive psychotherapy models of treatment are outlined. SSCM is described, as it was delivered in a clinical trial of psychotherapies for adult women with anorexia nervosa.

Results:

The primary focus of SSCM for anorexia nervosa is the resumption of normal eating and the restoration of weight. Therapy aims to maintain a therapeutic relationship that facilitates the return to normal eating, and to enable other life issues that may impact on the eating disorder to be addressed.

Conclusion:

Possible effective components of SSCM are discussed. © 2006 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2006; 39:625–632

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