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dc.contributor.advisorNewman, Emilyen
dc.contributor.advisorPeck, Daviden
dc.contributor.advisorMorris, Paulen
dc.contributor.advisorCollin, Paulaen
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Vivienen
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-20T15:41:17Z
dc.date.available2012-08-20T15:41:17Z
dc.date.issued2012-06-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1842/6285
dc.description.abstractBackground: Response to treatment in anorexia nervosa entails various challenges, including an increased risk of relapse and re-admission in those treated as inpatients. A better understanding of patients’ experiences is paramount to improve treatment acceptability and outcome. This qualitative study aimed to explore the lived experiences of adult female inpatients undergoing a specialist inpatient treatment programme for anorexia nervosa. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 21 female participants (aged 18-41 years) with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa, undergoing treatment in a specialist inpatient eating disorder unit. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results: Qualitative analysis highlighted 5 master themes which underpinned treatment experiences: (1) Shifts in control, (2) Experience of transition, (3) The importance of supportive staff relationships, (4) Sharing with peers and (5) Process of recovery and self-discovery. Conclusions: Overall, findings suggest patients experience a process of change and adjustment during inpatient treatment in relation to their levels of perceived control, attachment to the treatment environment and a sense of self-identity. Treatment experiences appear to be influenced by the development of supportive relationships and the provision of individualised care.en
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherThe University of Edinburghen
dc.subjectanorexia nervosaen
dc.subjectinpatientsen
dc.subjectpatientsen
dc.subjectrelapseen
dc.subjectindividualised careen
dc.titleExperiences of specialist inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa: a qualitative study from adult patients’ perspectivesen
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
dc.type.qualificationnameDClinPsychol Doctor of Clinical Psychologyen


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