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Int J Eat Disord. 2008 Mar;41(2):97-112.

A critical evaluation of the efficacy of self-help interventions for the treatment of bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York, New York, USA. syskor@childpsych.columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is efficacious for the treatment of bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge-eating disorder (BED). As a number of factors limit the availability of CBT, self-help manuals have been developed to make the treatment more widely available.

METHOD:

Published studies evaluating the efficacy of self-help programs in the treatment of BN and BED were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Controlled studies of self-help programs for BN and BED have often employed a waiting list control group, and indicate that self-help provides more benefit than remaining on a waiting list. However, fewer studies have utilized a more active control group, and these studies have not been as positive.

CONCLUSION:

In general, open and wait-list trials indicate that self-help is helpful in treating BN and BED, but there is little evidence for the specific efficacy of self-help in comparison to other treatments. Additional studies of self-help are needed to determine the specific utility of self-help interventions for BN and BED.

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