Results of this study were presented, in part, at the Sixteenth Meeting of the World Psychiatric Association, November 11, 2004, Florence, Italy.
A critical evaluation of the efficacy of self-help interventions for the treatment of bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder†
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 97–112, March 2008
How to Cite
Sysko, R. and Walsh, B. T. (2008), A critical evaluation of the efficacy of self-help interventions for the treatment of bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 41: 97–112. doi: 10.1002/eat.20475
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 JUL 2007
- NIDDK. Grant Number: DK53635
- bulimia nervosa;
- binge-eating disorder
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is efficacious for the treatment of bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge-eating disorder (BED). As a number of factors limit the availability of CBT, self-help manuals have been developed to make the treatment more widely available.
Published studies evaluating the efficacy of self-help programs in the treatment of BN and BED were reviewed.
Controlled studies of self-help programs for BN and BED have often employed a waiting list control group, and indicate that self-help provides more benefit than remaining on a waiting list. However, fewer studies have utilized a more active control group, and these studies have not been as positive.
In general, open and wait-list trials indicate that self-help is helpful in treating BN and BED, but there is little evidence for the specific efficacy of self-help in comparison to other treatments. Additional studies of self-help are needed to determine the specific utility of self-help interventions for BN and BED. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2008