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Patients’ perspective of a group intervention for perfectionism in anorexia nervosa: A qualitative study

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Emma Larsson, Samantha Lloyd, Heather Westwood, Kate Tchanturia

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1521-1532
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number12
Early online date28 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

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This study aimed to explore the experiences of adults with anorexia nervosa who took part in a perfectionism group intervention in an inpatient setting. Thematic analysis was used to explore patient feedback collected in focus groups. Patient feedback was generally positive and centred around three main themes: perceived benefits of the group, the content of the group and suggested improvements. The findings suggest that a brief perfectionism group intervention is an acceptable treatment with a range of perceived benefits for patients with severe anorexia nervosa. Understanding patients’ experiences of the intervention can provide further important information to maximise therapeutic impact of the group in inpatient settings.

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