Three promising state of the art treatments for anorexia nervosa have been tested in a national study led by The University of Western Australia.
The Strong Without Anorexia Nervosa (SWAN) Study is evaluating three psychological treatments for anorexia nervosa and atypical anorexia nervosa in adults. It is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia and will be the largest study of its kind worldwide.
Associate Professor Susan Byrne, of UWA's School of Psychology, explained that each treatment "focuses on normalising eating behaviours whilst addressing the factors that maintain the eating disorder". Treatment consists of 25 to 40 outpatient sessions with a Psychologist over a 10 month period.
Flinders University in Adelaide and the Universities of Sydney and Western Sydney in Sydney are collaborating on the project. In Perth, the Eating Disorders Program at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is also involved.
Please note that recruitment for the SWAN Study has now ceased. We are completing treatment with enrolled participants and will begin data analysis in 2014.