A randomised controlled trial of Internet-based CBT for Bulimia Nervosa in a student population: identifying and treating the ‘iceberg’ of unmet

Sanchez-Ortiz, V., Munro, C., Stahl, D., House, J., Startup, H., Treasure, J., Williams, C. and Schmidt, U. (2011) A randomised controlled trial of Internet-based CBT for Bulimia Nervosa in a student population: identifying and treating the ‘iceberg’ of unmet. Psychological Medicine, 41(2), pp. 407-417.

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Abstract

Background: Bulimic eating disorders are common among female students, yet the majority do not access effective treatment. Internet-based cognitive-behavioural therapy (iCBT) may be able to bridge this gap. Method: Seventy-six students with bulimia nervosa (BN) or eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) were randomly assigned to immediate iCBT with e-mail support over 3 months or to a 3-month waiting list followed by iCBT [waiting list/delayed treatment control (WL/DTC)]. ED outcomes were assessed with the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) at baseline, 3 months and 6 months. Other outcomes included depression, anxiety and quality of life. Results: Students who had immediate iCBT showed significantly greater improvements at 3 and 6 months than those receiving WL/DTC in ED and other symptoms. Conclusions: iCBT with e-mail support is efficacious in students with bulimic disorders and has lasting effects.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Williams, Professor Christopher
Authors: Sanchez-Ortiz, V., Munro, C., Stahl, D., House, J., Startup, H., Treasure, J., Williams, C., and Schmidt, U.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Psychological Medicine
ISSN:0033-2917

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