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Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) in a specialist inpatient eating disorder service for children and adolescents: CAN-CRT study protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial

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Lucia Giombini, Sophie Nesbitt, Hannah Cox, Anna Foxall, Teo Sharia, Abigail Easter, Kate Tchanturia

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Early online date26 Mar 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Mar 2018


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INTRODUCTION: Research on treatments for young people (YP) with anorexia nervosa (AN) is scarce. Evidence supports the use of cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) to improve central coherence and set-shifting, inefficiencies that can negatively impact on prognosis.

OBJECTIVE: The study aims to evaluate the feasibility of individual CRT in an inpatient setting for YP aged 10-18 years with AN and to qualitatively examine YP's and their parents experiences.

METHOD: In a single-centre, pilot, randomised controlled trial, 80 patients aged 10-18 years with AN will be randomly allocated to the immediate or delayed CRT group, in addition to standard treatment. A repeated measures design will be conducted across 3 time points.

DISCUSSION: The data will provide evidence regarding the feasibility of individual CRT in YP with AN, informing directions of further development of CRT. The study is in preparation for a definitive randomised controlled trial. The aim of this manuscript is to describe the study protocol.

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