Examination of a day programme for eating disorders: Impact on 3-month follow-up by psychiatric comorbidity

Tracey D. Wade, Ertimiss Eshkevari, Corree Guerin, Jasmine Smith, Daniela Hoskin

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    Objective: The two aims of this preliminary investigation were to use a case series design to examine outcomes of a day programme (DP) for eating disorders and to investigate whether the presence of baseline psychiatric comorbidities moderated outcomes 3 months after discharge. Method: Linear mixed modelling was used to investigate changes over time in the 91 participants who had commenced the DP by April 2019; 87 (96%) female, 61 (67%) with a DSM-5 diagnosis of anorexia nervosa. Results: Six of our seven outcome variables (dietary restraint; concern over weight, eating and shape; clinical impairment; and psychological distress) showed moderate to large effect size improvements from baseline to follow-up. Generally, improvement declined somewhat at follow-up from discharge, with a pattern of results suggesting this decline was less where there was comorbidity at baseline. Conclusions: These results suggest that a DP effectively reduces eating disorder psychopathology regardless of the presence of psychiatric comorbidity.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)148-152
    Number of pages5
    JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


    • comorbidity
    • day programme
    • eating disorders
    • follow-up
    • outcomes


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