Family-Based Maudsley bulimia research promising

NIH research on bulimia led by the team at the University of Chicago finds:

More patients receiving family-based treatment (39%) than supportive psychotherapy (18%) achieved remission—defined as abstaining from binge eating and compensatory behavior, such as purging—immediately following treatment. “Somewhat fewer patients were abstinent at the six-month follow-up; however, the difference was statistically in favor of family-based treatment vs. supportive psychotherapy (29% vs. 10 percent%),” the authors write.

And this piece in Forbes today adds commentary. But this piece on MSNBC is the first I've found that uses the word "Maudsley" and it mentions Maudsley Parents!

29% is pretty sobering, as the report does say. But ten percent?! That is downright scary.

For the paper itself: A Randomized Controlled Comparison of Family-Based Treatment and Supportive Psychotherapy for Adolescent Bulimia Nervosa Daniel le Grange, Ross D. Crosby, Paul J. Rathouz, and Bennett L. LeventhalArch Gen Psychiatry. 2007; 64:1049-1056.


  1. That to me sounds like real research, not hype and as such I applaud it wholeheartedly, but yes, it's certainly sobering.

  2. More than sobering.

    I think another good avenue would be finding ways to plug the gaps. That is, why do patients and their families fall back into old patterns of behavior. How can providers help everyone beat this illness? In another sense, what variables were different between 'successful' outcomes and those without?


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