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Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2018 Oct;27(5):1546-1555. doi: 10.1111/inm.12456. Epub 2018 Mar 24.

Relapse prevention in anorexia nervosa: Experiences of patients and parents.

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1
Altrecht Eating Disorders Rintveld, Zeist, The Netherlands.
2
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health, Cluster Nursing, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
3
Parnassia Psychiatric Institute, Parnassia Academy, The Hague, the Netherlands.
4
Inholland University of Applied Sciences, Department of Health, Sports and Welfare, Research Group Mental Health Nursing, Cluster Nursing Cluster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
5
Department of Psychiatry, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
6
Academy for Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
7
Regional Autism Centre, Helmond, The Netherlands.
8
Department of Psychiatry, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
9
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, USA.
10
Utrecht Research Group Eating Disorders, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
11
Department of Social Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Abstract

One of the main aims of treatment after successful recovery from anorexia nervosa (AN) is to prevent a relapse. The Guideline Relapse Prevention (GRP) Anorexia Nervosa offers a structured approach to relapse prevention. This study explores how patients and their parents experience working with the guideline. It also describes the factors that support or hinder successful application of the guideline. A descriptive qualitative research design was chosen involving in-depth interviews with seventeen patients with anorexia nervosa and six sets of parents. Patients and family members were generally satisfied with the support provided by the GRP. It contributed significantly to a better understanding of the personal process of relapse. Patients and families valued being able to keep in touch with their professional during the aftercare programme. The GRP supports the patient's use of self-management strategies for relapse prevention.

KEYWORDS:

anorexia nervosa; patient's perspective; relapse intervention; relapse prevention; self-management

PMID:
29573113
DOI:
10.1111/inm.12456
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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