A multidisciplinary team treatment for patients with anorexia nervosa and their families

A. E. Anderson, J. E. Hedblom, F. A. Hubbard

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    This paper describes a multidisciplinary team treatment for acute and chronically ill patients with anorexia nervosa (including low-weight bulimics) and for their families. A six-year experience with 90 patients is involved in this sample. The treatment team consists of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, and members of other disciplines. The stages of treatment are: nutritional rehabilitation, personalized psychotherapy, return of controls to patients, and follow-up. The population treated includes many chronically ill patients: 63% have been previously hospitalized; the average age at admission was 23 years; 30% have been ill more than four years. On long-term follow-up, 55% are in a normal weight range, 3% are obese, and 41% are below 85% Ideal Body Weight. Many patients continue to have difficulty socializing and have a fear of fatness. The probability of return of menses increases with restoration of normal body weight. A large percentage maintain full-time schooling or employment despite continued symptoms of illness. Long-term improvement has been maintained by many patients to varying degrees.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)181-192
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Psychology(all)
    • Clinical Psychology

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