UCAN: Uniting Couples in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

This study has been completed.
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Collaborator:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00928109
First received: June 23, 2009
Last updated: November 8, 2012
Last verified: November 2012

June 23, 2009
November 8, 2012
April 2008
June 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Eating disorder behavior [ Time Frame: 9 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00928109 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
Couple Satisfaction [ Time Frame: 9 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
Not Provided
Not Provided
 
UCAN: Uniting Couples in the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
Innovative Trial for the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in Late Adolescence and Adulthood

UCAN is a research program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and is part of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. UCAN aims to help couples work together in the treatment of anorexia nervosa. Couples participate in UCAN over a period of six months and return for follow-up treatment three months after the end of the original six-month period. Patients receive weekly individual therapy, monthly psychiatry consultations, monthly dietary consultations in addition to being randomized to one of two types of weekly couples therapy. Participation in UCAN can help participants gain new confidence in facing anorexia as a team and can help us understand how best to involve partners in the treatment of eating disorders.

Patients receive comprehensive eating disorder treatment at the UNC Eating Disorders Outpatient Program in addition to couples therapy. Eligibility: Participants may be eligible if they are 18 or older, have anorexia nervosa and are currently living with a partner with whom they have been in a committed relationship for at least a year. The partner must also be willing to enter treatment.

Interventional
Not Provided
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Anorexia Nervosa
  • Behavioral: CBCT
    Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy - weekly manualized couples therapy
    Other Name: UCAN
  • Behavioral: Family Supportive Therapy
    Couples meet once a week for an hour for a period of 20 weeks for couples therapy. Family Supportive Therapy is not manualized and is the standard form of care at the UNC Eating Disorders Program
    Other Name: Eating Disorder Treatment as Usual
  • Experimental: Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBCT)
    CBCT is a 20-week program consisting of 1-hour sessions between a couple and a therapist. In this program, couples learn about ways to communicate about their relationship in the context of experiencing anorexia nervosa. CBCT focuses on couple-specific skills such as communication and targets relationship domains such as exercise, body image and sexuality, eating together as a couple, and broader relationship concerns outside of anorexia nervosa.
    Intervention: Behavioral: CBCT
  • Active Comparator: Family Supportive Therapy
    Couples meet once a week for an hour for a period of 20 weeks for couples therapy. Family Supportive Therapy is not manualized and is the standard form of care at the UNC Eating Disorders Program
    Intervention: Behavioral: Family Supportive Therapy
Not Provided

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Completed
40
June 2012
June 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Anorexia Nervosa,
  • 18 years or older,
  • BMI 16 or higher,
  • In a committed relationship with a partner for 1 year or longer and currently living together.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Alcohol or drug dependence in past year,
  • Current significant suicidal ideation,
  • Developmental disability that would impair the ability of the participant to benefit from the intervention,
  • Psychosis,
  • BMI less than 16.
Both
18 Years and older
No
Contact information is only displayed when the study is recruiting subjects
United States
 
NCT00928109
07-1429, R01MH082732-01
Yes
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Cynthia M Bulik, PhD UNC Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry
Principal Investigator: Donald Baucom, PhD UNC Chapel Hill Department of Psychology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
November 2012

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