Eating disorders patients' views on their disorders and on an outpatient service : a qualitative study

Reid, Marie and Burr, Jennifer and Williams, Sarah and Hammersley, Richard (2008) Eating disorders patients' views on their disorders and on an outpatient service : a qualitative study. Journal of Health Psychology, 13 (7). pp. 956-960. ISSN 1359-1053

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Abstract

The objective of the study was to determine sufferers' views of outpatient treatment for eating disorders and provide practical recommendations for treatment practice. Twenty NHS outpatients participated in semi-structured interviews, which were subjected to thematic analysis. Respondents expressed ambivalence about whether their eating disorder is a way of exerting control or a disorder that controls them and this leads to them seeking treatment. Sufferers preferred a practical and sensitive approach and began to rely on treatment for recovery. Treatment needs to facilitate sufferers' need for control by striking a balance between practical and empathetic approaches that both involve patients in treatment decisions and give authoritative guidance.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2009 10:30
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2012 09:39
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/255

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