Mandometer treatment not superior to treatment as usual for anorexia nervosa

Authors

  • Annemarie A. van Elburg,

    1. Rintveld Centre for Eating Disorders, Altrecht Mental Health Institute, Zeist, The Netherlands
    2. Utrecht Research Group Eating Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work

  • Jacquelien J.G. Hillebrand,

    1. Rintveld Centre for Eating Disorders, Altrecht Mental Health Institute, Zeist, The Netherlands
    2. Utrecht Research Group Eating Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    3. Physiology and Behaviour Group, ETH Zurich, Schwerzenbach, Switzerland
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work

  • Chaim Huyser,

    1. De Bascule, Academic Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Duivendrecht, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Maartje Snoek,

    1. De Bascule, Academic Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Duivendrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Martien J.H. Kas,

    1. Utrecht Research Group Eating Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Hans W. Hoek,

    1. Utrecht Research Group Eating Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    2. Parnassia Bavo Psychiatric Institute, The Hague, The Netherlands
    3. Department of Psychiatry, Groningen University Medical Center, Groningen, The Netherlands
    4. Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, New York
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  • Roger A.H. Adan

    Corresponding author
    1. Utrecht Research Group Eating Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, University Medical Center Utrecht, University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Universiteitsweg 100, 3584 CG Utrecht, The Netherlands
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  • Supported by Contract grant sponsor: Netherlands Organization of Health Research and Development; contract grant number: ZONMW #945-05-017

Abstract

Objective:

A comparison of the efficacy of a novel treatment method for anorexia nervosa (AN), the Mandometer treatment (MT), with treatment as usual (TAU).

Method:

During treatment data were collected to determine weight recovery and outcome as assessed by the Morgan Russell Outcome Assessment Schedule (MROAS).

Results:

After treatment 63% of the MT group and 85% of the TAU group had reached a normal weight level and both MT and TAU showed a good outcome on the MROAS (75 and 71%, respectively). After two years more MT than TAU patients were still in treatment and more MT patients had relapsed.

Discussion:

The outcome for both treatments in our study were similar and comparable with, if not better than outcome data of other AN studies. MT is not superior to TAU in outcome results and in relapse rate during the first two years following admission for AN treatment. © 2011 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)

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