Group Motivational Enhancement Therapy as an adjunct to inpatient treatment for eating disorders: A preliminary study

Helen Y. Dean, Stephen W. Touyz*, Elizabeth Rieger, Christopher E. Thornton

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Abstract

Difficulties in fostering eating disorder (ED) patients' motivations to overcome their illness are widely considered to be a major hurdle in the course of successful treatment. However, no previous study has assessed the use of interventions specifically designed to target poor motivation amongst patients with illnesses that are severe enough to warrant hospitalisation. Objective: A brief Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) group programme for inpatient ED sufferers was developed and evaluated. Method: Forty two consecutive inpatients were sequentially allocated to treatment groups. Twenty three inpatients completed a four session MET group programme in addition to routine hospital care. A control group of 19 participants completed treatment as usual (TAU). Results: Despite an absence of significant differences between the MET and the TAU groups on the overall formal outcome measures, there were nevertheless differences between the groups. Specifically, the MET groups appeared to foster longer term motivation and engagement, and to promote treatment continuation. Conclusion: The results tentatively suggest that MET could be valuable for the treatment of inpatient eating disorder patients and further research is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-267
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Eating Disorders Review
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Eating disorders
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Motivational enhancement therapy

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