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Clinical Advances in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Restricting Eating Disorders

New Content ItemA great deal has been published in recent years about the treatment of anorexia nervosa and other restrictive eating disorders, and it is a matter of perspective whether one sees the glass as half full or half empty. It is beyond any doubt, however, that there are many unanswered questions about what treatments work for whom and more importantly how treatments work and how different service contexts shape treatments and contribute to their outcomes. The aim of this Special Issue in Journal of Eating Disorders is both to summarise existing knowledge and to take a forward look, raising new questions for future research. We particularly welcome papers that integrate knowledge and expertise across different fields and different theoretical domains. We invite submissions of papers in the following areas:

  • Modifications of current evidence-based treatments and/or applications to specific populations or specific settings (e.g., young adults; LGBTQ individuals and their families; different cultural and ethnic contexts; refugee families; disadvantaged families);
  • Novel treatments and their theoretical and conceptual underpinnings;
  • Pilot and feasibility studies or treatment protocols of prospective research;
  • Secondary exploratory analyses of published studies that raise new questions or new hypotheses;
  • Brain-based treatments;
  • Integrating knowledge from neuroscience with psychological models of eating disorder therapies;
  • Service transformations and its impact on implementation of treatments;
  • Scoping reviews that synthesise a specific area in treatment with view of supporting a novel treatment development;
  • Treatment developments that target specific areas of individual or family functioning that may have a maintaining role in the illness;
  • Dissemination/implementations of evidence-based practice;
  • Clinical and ethical issues of delivering treatments via telehealth;
  • Specific and common psychotherapy factors, treatment manuals, adherence and individualising treatment approaches for individuals and families.

Edited by: Prof. Dr. Ivan Eisler, Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schmidt and Prof. Dr. Daniel Le Grange

Submission deadline: 30 April 2021

This collection of articles has not been sponsored and articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process.

  1. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a novel treatment option for people with severe enduring anorexia nervosa (SE-AN), but associated neurobiological changes are poorly understood. This stud...

    Authors: Bethan Dalton, Erica Maloney, Samantha J. Rennalls, Savani Bartholdy, Maria Kekic, Jessica McClelland, Iain C. Campbell, Ulrike Schmidt and Owen G. O’Daly

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:84

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Evidence suggests specialist eating disorders services for children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa have the potential to improve outcomes and reduce costs through reduced hospital admissions. This study...

    Authors: Sarah Byford, Hristina Petkova, Barbara Barrett, Tamsin Ford, Dasha Nicholls, Mima Simic, Simon Gowers, Geraldine Macdonald, Ruth Stuart, Nuala Livingstone, Grace Kelly, Jonathan Kelly, Kandarp Joshi, Helen Smith and Ivan Eisler

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:76

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Multi-family therapy (MFT) is a recommended treatment for adolescent anorexia nervosa internationally. Despite recent significant advances in single-family therapy, the evidence base for MFT remains relatively...

    Authors: Julian Baudinet, Ivan Eisler, Mima Simic and Ulrike Schmidt

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:71

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) typically struggle in social and emotional contexts. An Integrated Group Based approach for the delivery of MANTRA - The Maudsley Anorexia Nervosa Treatment for Adults – ...

    Authors: Helen Startup, Mary Franklin-Smith, William Barber, Nicola Gilbert, Yael Brown, Danielle Glennon, Akira Fukutomi and Ulrike Schmidt

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:70

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Recovery and remission rates of adolescent anorexia nervosa (AN) following Family Based Treatment (FBT) have seen a relative decline over recent years. While reasonably successful in achieving physical recover...

    Authors: Maria Ganci, Linsey Atkins and Marion E. Roberts

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:67

    Content type: Commentary

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  6. Accumulating psychobiological data implicate reward disturbances in the persistence of anorexia nervosa (AN). Evidence suggests that individuals with AN demonstrate decision-making deficits similar to those wi...

    Authors: Ann F. Haynos, Lisa M. Anderson, Autumn J. Askew, Michelle G. Craske and Carol B. Peterson

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:63

    Content type: Review

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  7. A major barrier to long-term recovery from anorexia nervosa (AN) are early and frequent relapses after inpatient treatment. There is an urgent need for enhanced continuity of specialized care involving effecti...

    Authors: Katrin Elisabeth Giel, Peter Martus, Kathrin Schag, Stephan Herpertz, Tobias Hofmann, Antonius Schneider, Martin Teufel, Ulrich Voderholzer, Jörn von Wietersheim, Beate Wild, Almut Zeeck, Wolfgang Bethge, Ulrike Schmidt, Stephan Zipfel and Florian Junne

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:61

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. This paper addresses patients` and families` experience of multifamily therapy (MFT) for young adults (18–22) with an eating disorder (ED). EDs are serious illnesses leading to lowered quality of life for the ...

    Authors: Berit Støre Brinchmann and Sanja Krvavac

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:56

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Family-Based Treatment (FBT) is considered the first-line intervention for adolescent anorexia nervosa. However, access to this treatment is limited. Treatment programs for other pediatric mental health condit...

    Authors: Jocelyn Lebow, Angela Mattke, Cassandra Narr, Paige Partain, Renee Breland, Janna R. Gewirtz O’Brien, Jennifer Geske, Marcie Billings, Matthew M. Clark, Robert M. Jacobson, Sean Phelan, Cynthia Harbeck-Weber, Daniel Le Grange and Leslie Sim

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:55

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Anorexia nervosa is a severe illness with a high mortality rate, driven in large part by severe and persistent restriction of food intake. A critical challenge is to identify brain mechanisms associated with m...

    Authors: Karin Foerde, B. Timothy Walsh, Maya Dalack, Nathaniel Daw, Daphna Shohamy and Joanna E. Steinglass

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:48

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Carers of people with eating disorders (EDs) are known to experience a lack of support, high levels of unmet needs and resulting distress. Specific support and interventions for carers may benefit both the car...

    Authors: Emma Kinnaird, Madeleine Oakley, Vanessa Lawrence, Sukhi Shergill and Kate Tchanturia

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:42

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The treatment of anorexia nervosa (AN) is often challenging due to medical complications as well as high relapse and mortality rates. Studies about effective treatment options for people with AN are particular...

    Authors: Tanja Wittek, Stefanie Truttmann, Michael Zeiler, Julia Philipp, Ellen Auer-Welsbach, Doris Koubek, Susanne Ohmann, Sonja Werneck-Rohrer, Petra Sackl-Pammer, Gabriele Schöfbeck, Dunja Mairhofer, Leonie Kahlenberg, Ulrike Schmidt, Andreas F. K. Karwautz and Gudrun Wagner

    Citation: Journal of Eating Disorders 2021 9:33

    Content type: Study protocol

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