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Stepped Care Treatment for Binge-Eating

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified March 2013 by Eunice Chen, Temple University.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Eunice Chen, Temple University Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2009
Last updated: March 19, 2013
Last verified: March 2013

Temple University is looking for women to participate in a study to evaluate the treatment options available to women living with binge eating disorder.

Binge-Eating Disorder is a significant public health problem for women. Despite this, there is limited research on how best to treat this disorder at varying levels of severity. The purpose of this NIMH-funded study is to enroll individuals in a brief form of cognitive-behavior therapy. If more intense treatment is needed, individuals will be randomly assigned to more intensive group and individual treatments (Cognitive-Behavior Therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Both of these treatments are talking therapies that have been adapted for women living with binge-eating disorder and are free of charge.

Condition Intervention
Binge Eating Disorder Behavioral: Therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Early Non-Responders to CBT

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Further study details as provided by Eunice Chen, Temple University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • symptom improvement [ Time Frame: 6-8 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: June 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: March 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Guided Self Help Behavioral: Therapy
Individual Therapy and Group Therapy
Active Comparator: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Behavioral: Therapy
Individual Therapy and Group Therapy
Active Comparator: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Behavioral: Therapy
Individual Therapy and Group Therapy


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult female, 18 years to 60 years
  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for Binge Eating Disorder
  • Resides within commuting distance
  • Consents to research protocol, i.e.
  • 18-24 months in assessment and treatment
  • willing to be part of a biological assessment/physiological assessment
  • have to be prepared that they will receive a brief individual treatment and if this does not work for them, that they will receive more intensive treatment including both group and individual treatment.
  • agreement not to see other health professionals unless recommended
  • seeing their own Primary care Physician/Nurse Practitioner for medical screening prior to study (i.e., before being allocated a guided self-help therapist)
  • payment for their own medical assessment, monitoring, and medication if needed

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Schizophrenia, Schizophreniform, or Schizoaffective Disorders, Psychosis NOS, or Bipolar Mood Disorder
  • Needs priority treatment for other debilitating conditions, e.g. current substance dependence requiring inpatient detox
  • chronic absence of shelter
  • IQ less than 70
  • Impending jail/prison, court order to treatment, court order to treatment or to jail, or agency order to treatment or to loss of child custody (due to consequent inability to freely drop-out of treatment)
  • Is pregnant, plans to become pregnant during treatment, or becomes pregnant before random assignment to study condition
  • Medical instability
  • Has had or is seeking Gastric bypass surgery
  • On anti-seizure medication, beta-blockers, asthma medication, medication for heart disease, or any other medication that affects appetite or weight
  • Psychotropics are acceptable if the doses are stable for at least 3 months prior to screening
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00965705

Contact: Eunice Y Chen, PhD (215) 204-2645

United States, Pennsylvania
Temple University Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19122
Contact: Eunice Y Chen, PhD    215-204-2645   
Principal Investigator: Eunice Y Chen, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Temple University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Eunice Y Chen, PHD Temple University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Eunice Chen, Study Principal Investigator, Temple University Identifier: NCT00965705     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20472
K23MH081030-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: August 25, 2009
Last Updated: March 19, 2013

Keywords provided by Eunice Chen, Temple University:
Binge Eating Disorder
binge eating
compulsive overeating

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Binge-Eating Disorder
Mental Disorders
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on September 21, 2017