Chapter 46. Intensive Treatments

Marion P. Olmsted, Ph.D., C.Psych.; D. Blake Woodside, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.; Jacqueline C. Carter, Ph.D., C.Psych.; Traci L. McFarlane, Ph.D., C.Psych.; Randolf A. Staab, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.; Patricia A. Colton, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., M.Sc.; Lynda L. Molleken, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585622986.261789



Inpatient and day hospital treatments are the most common intensive interventions for eating disorders and are appropriate for the most severely ill patients. Most programs are multifaceted and based on a biopsychosocial model; because of their complexity, the specific components of treatment and their relative emphasis will likely vary across settings. There is evidence that intensive therapies have good short-term effectiveness for patients who are willing to accept this type of treatment. However, there are no comparative studies indicating that one specific approach is better than any other.

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