Developing and evaluating cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) for adolescents with anorexia nervosa: A feasibility study
Dahlgren, Anna Maria Camilla Lindvall
Landrø, Nils Inge
; Peer reviewed
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Institutt for klinisk medisin
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2013, 19 (3), 476-487,
Background: Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) aims at improving neuropsychological weaknesses and associated thinking styles in patients with anorexia nervosa (AN). It has only recently been developed for adolescents with AN, and evidence of its applicability for this particular patient group is limited. This study aimed to test the feasibility of individually tailored and delivered CRT for young females with AN.
Methods: A sample of 20 in- and outpatients (13–18 years) with AN participated in once- or twice weekly individual CRT sessions. The CRT materials used were available in a “CRT Resource Pack.” Feasibility was assessed with regards to the recruitment process, the delivery of the intervention, the materials used and clinical experiences.
Results: Overall results indicate that the intervention was feasible with regards to (a) the recruitment of both in- and outpatients, (b) individual tailoring and delivery, (c) the CRT materials adapted to suit young females with AN, and (d) the acceptability for clinicians involved in the study. There were no voluntary dropouts, with 19 of 20 patients completing the entire course of treatment.
Conclusions: The findings have implications for the refinement of CRT for the youngest AN population, and strengthens our understanding of the core components in the development and evaluation of novel interventions targeting AN. This study will help inform the design of a subsequent randomized controlled trial.
© The Author(s) 2013. Published by SAGE Publications.
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