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Why do women with eating disorders decline treatment? A qualitative study of barriers to specialized eating disorder treatment

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Despite the fact that eating disorders (EDs) are conditions that are potentially life-threat-ening, many people decline treatment. The aim of this study was to investigate why women decline specialized ED treatment, including their viewpoints on treatment services. Eighteen semi-struc-tured qualitative interviews were conducted with women who had declined inpatient or outpatient specialized ED treatment. A thematic analysis revealed five main themes: (1) Disagreement on treatment needs, (2) rigid standard procedures, (3) failure to listen, (4) deprivation of identity, and (5) mistrust and fear. The women had declined ED treatment because they believed that treatment was only focused on nutritional rehabilitation and that it failed to address their self-identified needs. From their perspectives treatment was characterized by rigid standard procedures that could not be adapted to their individual situations and preferences. They felt that the therapists failed to listen to them, and they felt deprived of identity and reduced to an ED instead of a real person. This investigation is one of the first of its kind to provide clues as to how treatment could be moderated to better meet the needs of women who decline specialized ED treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4033
JournalNutrients
Volume13
Issue number11
ISSN2072-6643
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Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021

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  • Adult, Anorexia nervosa, Barriers, Eating disorders, Patient perspective, Qualitative, Treatment

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