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

Hammersley, Richard; Williams, Sarah; Burr, Jennifer; Reid, Marie


Professor Marie Reid
Professor/ Director of MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology/ Athena Swan lead for Psychology

Jennifer Burr

Sarah Williams

Richard Hammersley


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2008
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 7
Pages 956-960
Keywords Applied Psychology