The Use of Guided Self-help Incorporating a Mobile Component in People with Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study
Article first published online: 16 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
European Eating Disorders Review
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 315–322, July 2013
How to Cite
Cardi, V., Clarke, A. and Treasure, J. (2013), The Use of Guided Self-help Incorporating a Mobile Component in People with Eating Disorders: A Pilot Study. Eur. Eat. Disorders Rev., 21: 315–322. doi: 10.1002/erv.2235
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 16 MAY 2013
- Department of Health NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research. Grant Number: Reference number RP-PG-0606-1043
- Succeed Foundation. Grant Number: Charity Number: 11366289
- eating disorders;
- guided self-help;
- mobile technology
The aim of this pilot study was to test the acceptability and benefit of a guided self-help intervention incorporating a mobile component in eating disorders (EDs).
Eighteen people with Anorexia Nervosa and eleven people with Bulimia Nervosa were included in the study for 3 weeks and self-report and behavioural assessments were made before and after the intervention which included 10 video clips, a manual, and limited guidance.
The most reported positive comment associated with the use of the vodcasts was the increased awareness about the illness. Adherence was good (29/31 subjects completed). A medium sized increase in Body Mass Index was found in participants with Anorexia Nervosa, and significantly lowered EDs and mood symptoms (effect size range = 0.72/1.35), and improvement in cognitive flexibility were reported post-intervention.
A guided self-help intervention incorporating a mobile component was both acceptable and associated with symptom change in people with EDs. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.