Enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy for patients with eating disorders: a systematic review

de Jong, M., Schoorl, M. & Hoek, H. W., Nov-2018, In : Current opinion in psychiatry. 31, 6, p. 436-444 9 p.

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PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to provide an update of the most recent (since January 2014) enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT-E) effectiveness studies (randomized controlled trials and open trials) on bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and transdiagnostic samples.

RECENT FINDINGS: Out of 451 screened studies, seven effectiveness studies (five randomized and two open trials) were included in this review: of these, three had a bulimia nervosa sample and four a transdiagnostic sample (all conducted in an outpatient setting). Substantial differences in posttreatment remission rates were found (range: 22.2-67.6%) due, in part, to differences in samples and operationalization of clinical significant change.

SUMMARY: There is robust evidence that CBT-E is an effective treatment for patients with an eating disorder. However, more studies on differential effects and working mechanisms are required to establish the specificity of CBT-E.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-444
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent opinion in psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov-2018


  • cognitive behavioural therapy, eating disorders, effectiveness, transdiagnostic, treatment, CBT-E, ANOREXIA-NERVOSA, EPIDEMIOLOGY, TRIAL, PSYCHOTHERAPY, PREVALENCE, GUIDELINES, QUALITY

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