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

Smith, VVivien; Chouliara, Zoë; Morris, Paul G; Collin, Paula; Power, Kevin; Yellowlees, Alex; Grierson, David; Papageorgiou, Elena; Cook, Moira


VVivien Smith

Zoë Chouliara

Paul G Morris

Paula Collin

Kevin Power

Alex Yellowlees

David Grierson

Elena Papageorgiou

Moira Cook


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Feb 6, 2014
Publication Date 2016-01
Deposit Date May 26, 2015
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 16-27
Keywords anorexia nervosa; experience; qualitative methods; thematic analysis; treatment;
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