Help Seeking and Satisfaction with Care in 641 Women with Eating Disorders: I. Patterns of Utilization, Attributed Change, and Perceived Efficacy of Treatment

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Help-seeking patterns and satisfaction with care were described by 641 women with eating disorders participating in a national magazine survey. Between 60.6% and 92.9% of respondents in three diagnostic groups sought professional treatment. Professional treatments most often entered were individual psychotherapy (52.9%), behavioral therapy (28.0%), group therapy (24.6%), and nutritional therapy (18.6%). Treatments were generally seen as helping “a little.” Only bulimic anorexia nervosa respondents perceived any interventions to be more harmful than helpful, specifically Overeaters Anonymous and self-help groups, both nonprofessional interventions. Caregivers selected as “experts” regarding eating disorders were rated as more efficacious than others, helping “a little” to “somewhat.”

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