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Commentary on: Eisler I, Simic M, Hodsoll JA, et al. Pragmatic randomised multicentre trial of multifamily and single-family therapy for adolescent anorexia nervosa. BMC Psychiatry 2016;16:422.
What is already known on this topic
Family therapy for anorexia nervosa (FT-AN) currently has the strongest evidence base for the treatment of medically stable adolescents; however, many adolescents treated with FT-AN do not respond.1 Efforts are therefore being directed at improving FT-AN through adjuncts and adaptations. Multifamily therapy for AN (MFT-AN) is a FT-AN informed treatment in which 5-7 families attend day treatment together. MFT has shown promise in open trials,2 3 but until now no randomised trial has been conducted.
Methods of the study
The study was a two-arm randomised trial conducted across six specialist eating disorder services in and around London, UK. The sample was drawn from consecutive referrals of adolescents (13–20 years) with DSM-IV AN or eating disorders not otherwise specified. For inclusion, participants had to be <86% median body mass index (mBMI) or have lost >15% body weight in the past 3 …
Funding The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is supported by the Victorian Government’s Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Elizabeth Hughes is supported by The Baker Foundation (Australia).
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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