Evaluating the real-world effectiveness of cognitive-behavior therapy efficacy research on eating disorders: A case study from a community-based clinical setting

Michael R. Lowe, Douglas W. Bunnell, Amy M. Neeren, Yelena Chernyak, Laurel Greberman

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Abstract

Objective: There is a growing consensus that there is a need to test the real-world effectiveness of eating disorder therapies that show promise in efficacy research. This article provides a narrative account of an NIMH-funded study that attempted to apply efficacy findings from CBT research to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at the largest community-based eating disorder program in the United States. Method: We describe the study as originally envisioned as well as the various challenges that the researchers and the IOP staff encountered in implementing this study. Results: The different training, assumptions, and "ways of knowing" of the research team and the treatment staff in regard to the nature of eating disorders and their treatment created multiple challenges for both groups during the study period. We describe valuable lessons learned about how to - and how not to - implement effectiveness designs in clinical settings that are relatively unfamiliar with empirically-based research findings. Discussion: It is hoped that our experience in attempting to apply efficacy-based research findings on eating disorders treatment in a community-based clinical setting will prove helpful to other researchers and service providers engaging in such translational research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • clinical settings
  • cognitive behavior therapy
  • effectiveness research
  • efficacy research
  • intensive outpatient program
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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