A novel approach to treating eating disorders in a day-hospital treatment program

Mellisa Ashley*, Natalie Crino

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aim: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the short-term effectiveness of an adult day-hospital program that uses a novel approach to delivering nutritional interventions. Methods: Fifty-six adult eating disorder patients of the Sydney West Area Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program participated in the study. Participants completed standardised self-reported questionnaires designed to measure eating disorder symptoms, at the commencement of treatment and after 12 weeks. Results: Participation in day-hospital treatment was associated with increases in weight, reductions in number of binge-eating and purging episodes, and frequency of exercise sessions. Participants also experienced improvements in their eating attitudes, drive for thinness, bulimia, depression and anxiety symptoms. Conclusion: These findings add to the growing body of literature supporting the use of day-hospital programs in the treatment of eating disorders. A number of strategies are suggested for the effective delivery of nutritional interventions in day-hospital programs, such as methods that assist with integrating new information, having an experiential focus and the use of collaborative education processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-159
Number of pages5
JournalNutrition and Dietetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Day-hospital
  • Dietitian
  • Eating disorder
  • Treatment outcome


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