The need for improved treatment for patients with eating disorders is indicated from outcome studies and clinicians' reports. In order to understand the patient's motivation to engage actively in treatment, as well as the factors that contribute to successful outcome, it is important to attend to patients' perspectives on treatment. The author critically reviewed studies on patients' views and 10 key treatment elements were identified: the therapeutic relationship, provision of social support, collaborative treatment, focus on emotions, focus on underlying issues, inclusion of psychoeducation, therapist's knowledge of EDs, behavioral interventions, appropriate use of medication, and therapist's competence in family dynamics. Based on this review, a comprehensive 61-page resource booklet was created. The resource covers a broad range of topic areas, such as etiological theories, treatment modalities, and cultural diversity, while focusing on patients' views of what works and does not work in eating disorder treatment. This dissertation concludes with a discussion of the resource booklet, including strengths and limitations, along with suggestions for future research.

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Eating disorders -- Treatment; Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Ingram, Barbara