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Int J Eat Disord. 2002 Mar;31(2):151-8.

Long-term impact of treatment in women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.

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Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA. pkeel@wjh.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Both cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and antidepressant medication have demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. However, data concerning the long-term impact of such treatments have been limited. This study sought to determine if treatment with CBT and antidepressant medication was associated with better long-term outcome among women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.

METHOD:

Women (N = 101) who completed a controlled treatment study of bulimia nervosa participated in follow-up assessments approximately 10 years later.

RESULTS:

Women who received treatment with CBT or antidepressant medication or both reported improved social adjustment at long-term follow-up compared with women randomized to the placebo condition.

DISCUSSION:

Treatments with demonstrated efficacy for short-term outcome appear to improve psychosocial function at long-term follow-up among women initially diagnosed with bulimia nervosa.

PMID:
11920976
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