Perceptions of bed rest by anorexic patients

Rosalyn Griffiths*, Gaby Gross, Janice Russell, Christopher Thornton, Pierre J V Beumont, David Schotte, Stephen W. Touyz

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Objective: Few studies have investigated perceptions of operant conditioning programs by anorexic patients. This study examined patients' perceptions of the Bed Rest (BR) component which is employed in some operant conditioning programs. Methods: A sample of 48 anorexic inpatients was administered a survey to elicit their attitudes towards BR. Results: Results from the survey suggested that most patients perceived BR in a negative way. The main complaint, however, was not punishment or humiliation, as predicted, but isolation and boredom. A number of patients concluded that they wanted more individualization and distraction and less restriction while on BR. Discussion: The findings justify the use of BR within a humane framework in the inpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa, but suggest that patients' perceptions of BR warrant systematic scrutiny.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-447
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bed rest
  • Perceptions

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