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Evaluation of An Australian Day Treatment Program for Eating Disorders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 February 2012

Dion Nowoweiski*
Melbourne Centre for ISTDP, Melbourne, Australia.
Stephen Arthey
Melbourne Centre for ISTDP, Melbourne, Australia.
Peter Bosanac
Clinical Services, St. Vincent's Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia; University of Melbourne, Australia.
*Address for correspondence: Dr Dion Nowoweiski, Dpsych, 168 Burwood Road, HawthornVIC 3122, Australia.
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Day treatment programs (DTP) for eating disorders are being recognised as having therapeutic benefits. However, research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of DTP to establish their validity. This article reports on the evaluation of a pilot DTP in an Australian mental health setting, which utilised an integrative approach combining evidence-based treatments such as dialectical-behavioural therapy and intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy offered in a group-based setting. Comparison of pre- and post-treatment data outcome measures for eating disorder pathology and comorbid symptoms was undertaken. Patient satisfaction was also evaluated using qualitative methods. Results indicated a significant reduction in depressive symptoms post-treatment, along with a high degree of satisfaction with the treatment. Limitations of this study, along with the implications of the findings and directions for future research, are discussed.

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