The experience of specialist inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa: A qualitative study from adult patients' perspectives

Vivien Smith*, Zoe Chouliara, Paul G Morris, Paula Collin, Kevin Power, Alex Yellowlees, David Grierson, Elena Papageorgiou, Moira Cook

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Abstract

This qualitative study aimed to explore experiences of women currently undergoing specialist inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa. Interviews were carried out with 21 women with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa from a specialist adult inpatient eating disorder unit. Five master themes emerged using thematic analysis: (1) shifts in control, (2) experience of transition, (3) importance of supportive staff relationships, (4) sharing with peers and (5) process of recovery and self-discovery. Findings suggest that patients experience a process of change and adjustment in relation to levels of perceived personal control, attachment to the treatment environment and a sense of self-identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-27
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume21
Issue number1
Early online date6 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • anorexia nervosa
  • experience
  • qualitative methods
  • thematic analysis
  • treatment
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis
  • eating disorders
  • adolescents
  • recovery
  • service
  • care
  • relapse
  • people
  • health
  • views

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