Motivational enhancement and schema-focused cognitive behaviour therapy in the treatment of chronic eating disorders


Peter Beumont Centre for Eating Disorders, Wesley Private Hospital, 91 Milton Street, Ashfield, NSW, 2132, Australia, Tel. +61 2 9716 1400, Fax: +61 2 9799 6585, E-mail:


A day hospital program for the treatment of patients with long-term anorexia nervosa (AN) is described. This program forms part of a comprehensive system of day programs that reflect and incorporate patients' varying degrees of readiness for change and attempt to match patients' readiness for change to the interventions offered in treatment. Preliminary outcome data are presented, showing clinically valuable changes of motivation in this group.