|Bulimia Resource Guide Summary|
|Bulimia Nervosa Resource Guide for Family and Friends|
|Maximizing Health Insurance Benefits to Pay for Bulimia Treatment|
|Mental Health Laws Affecting Bulimia Treatment|
|Find a Bulimia Treatment Center|
|Checklists and Tip Charts|
|Bulimia Nervosa Resources for Schools and Coaches|
|Selected Reference List|
|Bulimia Nervosa: Efficacy of Available Treatments|
|ABOUT THIS RESOURCE|
|Who Produced and Funded this Content|
|FOR THE MEDIA|
"The psychiatric evaluation said she needed group therapy. When that didn't work, we thought 'well, we must be dumb,'" said a mother whose child died due to complications of bulimia nervosa. She urged family members to ask questions of doctors when things don't make sense. Some healthcare professionals treating an eating disorder aren't experienced treating such disorders and may not understand what they are dealing with.
ECRI Institute, the organization that researched and produced this guide, identified and analyzed all the available clinical trials published from 2005 through July 2010 on the treatments typically used for bulimia nervosa to determine how treatments compare to each other and which seem to work best.
Analysts pooled together data from studies that compared one active treatment to another active treatment. The studies met prespecified inclusion criteria (e.g., randomized controlled trials that included 20 or more patients) that are discussed in detail in the full technical evidence report. Analysts compared the effectiveness cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to drug therapy and CBT to other types of psychotherapies, among other comparisions.
What are the main results of the analysis?