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©Copyright 2011 MWK Publishing LLC; from The Complete Practitioner: Mental Health Applications (Vol. 8, No. 2 -- February 2005) For next article, go to next page. Module 5 --- Article 1 TREATMENT HIGHLIGHTS PREDICTORS OF OUTCOME IN THE TREATMENT OF BULIMIA NERVOSA In the treatment of bulimia nervosa, early improvement is found to be a predictor of successful outcome. In a 2-site study, 220 women with bulimia nervosa, purging type, were randomly assigned to receive either cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). Both therapies included 19 sessions over a 20-week period. Patients were assessed at the beginning and at the end of treatment, and at 8 months after the end of treat- ment. Potential predictors of outcome were assessed, including: duration of purging behavior; level of eating disorder features, general psychiatric symptoms, and self-esteem; history of anorexia nervosa; history of obesity; current major depression and borderline personality disorder; quality of social adjustment. Also, after 4 weeks of treatment,
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