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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

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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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