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Day hospital treatment following brief inpatient medical stabilisation for adolescents with anorexia nervosa is equivalent in efficacy to inpatient treatment
  1. Alexis Fertig,
  2. Jennifer Wildes
  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;
  1. fertigam{at}

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What is already known on this topic?

Aggressive treatment and weight restoration as early as possible offer the best chance of recovery from anorexia nervosa.1 Inpatient treatment is often used to ensure adequate weight restoration; however, there are significant drawbacks. In adolescents with anorexia nervosa, family involvement in the treatment is crucial to continued improvement and maintenance of recovery,2 but this can be difficult to attain in an inpatient setting. Furthermore, healthcare spending in most countries is not sustainable at current rates and it is vital to find ways to treat patients effectively while being respectful of limited resources.3

What does this paper add?

  • First study to provide a direct comparison of day treatment and inpatient programmes for adolescents with anorexia nervosa.

  • Findings linked to clinical outcomes and financial burden on the healthcare system support the utility of day treatment programmes after medical stabilisation for anorexia nervosa in adolescents.


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