Anorexia-Nervosa-Patients

Anorexia-Nervosa-Patients

Parental involvement in treating anorexia nervosa has been more effective in helping adolescents to gain healthy weight rather than conventional individual-based approaches.

The study, published online October 4 in Archives of General Psychiatry, is the first randomized clinical trial to definitively demonstrate that family based treatment, also known as the Maudsley Approach, is the treatment of choice for this patient population.

More than 50 percent of patients receiving family based treatment (FBT) were in full remission after a year-long treatment period, compared to 23 percent of those receiving adolescent-focused individual therapy (AFT). After a year of follow-up, only 10 percent of patients who achieved remission during family based treatment relapsed, compared to 40 percent of AFT subjects.

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