BACKGROUND: Active family engagement improves outcomes from adolescent inpatient care, but the impact on adult anorexia nervosa is uncertain.
AIM: The aim of this study was to describe the 2-year outcome following a pragmatic randomised controlled trial in which a skill training intervention (Experienced Caregivers Helping Others) for carers was added to inpatient care.
METHOD: Patient, caregiver and service outcomes were measured for 2 years following discharge from the index inpatient admission.
RESULTS: There were small-sized/moderate-sized effects and consistent improvements in all outcomes from both patients and carers in the Experienced Caregivers Helping Others group over 2 years. The marked change in body mass index and carers' time caregiving following inpatient care was sustained. Approximately 20% of cases had further periods of inpatient care.
CONCLUSION: In this predominately adult anorexia nervosa sample, enabling carers to provide active support and management skills may improve the benefits in all symptom domains that gradually follow from a period of inpatient care. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.
|Journal||European eating disorders review : the journal of the Eating Disorders Association|
|Early online date||23 Dec 2015|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2016|