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Int J Eat Disord. 1993 Apr;13(3):273-7.

Self-treatment of bulimia nervosa: a pilot study.

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  • 1Institute of Psychiatry, London, England.


Twenty-eight patients with ICD-10 bulimia nervosa or atypical bulimia nervosa were given a cognitive-behavioral treatment handbook and were reassessed 4-6 weeks later. On a clinician-rated global improvement scale 12 patients had much improved and 8 patients had somewhat improved. Fifteen patients were abstinent of vomiting or laxatives at reassessment as opposed to five patients before treatment. Of the 21 patients who were bringing before treatment, 7 had a 75-100% reduction of binges and 5 had a 50-75% reduction of binges. Patients' nutritional knowledge increased significantly. A patient-administered hand-book may be a useful first intervention in the treatment of patients with bulimia nervosa.

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