What happened to the ones who dropped out? Outcome in eating disorder patients who complete or prematurely terminate treatment
2009 (English)In: European eating disorders review, ISSN 1072-4133, E-ISSN 1099-0968, Vol. 17, no 2, 109-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
INTRODUCTION: There is a lack of knowledge about the outcome of eating disorder patients who terminate treatment prematurely. The present study followed-up eating disorder patients who had previously dropped out of treatment and examined clinical status 36 months after intake. METHOD: Dropouts (n = 30) were compared with treatment completers (n = 52) on diagnostic status, clinical symptoms, psychosocial adjustment and treatment satisfaction at follow-up. Patterns of change from intake to follow-up within groups, as well as between groups, were explored. RESULTS: No significant differences were found between groups at follow-up, except for more treatment dissatisfaction reported among dropouts. When patterns of change were examined between groups, patients who completed treatment were found to have made significantly greater changes (less eating disorder symptoms, less psychological problems and more positive self-image) compared to dropouts. DISCUSSION: Although no significant differences in outcome were found between dropouts and completers, greater clinical improvement was found among those who completed treatment. The dropouts examined in this study did well despite premature termination of treatment. Clinical and research implications are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 17, no 2, 109-119 p.
Dropout, Follow-up, Outcome, Treatment completers
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-101387DOI: 10.1002/erv.911ISI: 000264357700004PubMedID: 19142975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-101387DiVA: diva2:212896