More than 85 percent of those who enrolled in the trial completed treatment—almost three times the usual retention rate. Read more in our Newsroom:
“The results were far better than most people in the field would have expected,” said Daniel Le Grange, PhD, professor of psychiatry and director of the eating disorders program at the University of Chicago and the principal investigator for the data-coordinating center. “Many of these patients were profoundly ill. The prevailing wisdom is that current treatments have not been effective and patients are best served by refeeding in the hospital setting. This study showed that specific modification of these behavioral approaches could overcome the high dropout rates and lead to meaningful positive change.”
Science Life spoke to Le Grange last fall about his research on using chat rooms to facilitate family-based treatment for eating disorders. Find out more about the UChicago Eating Disorders Program.
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