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Adaptive Family Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01579682
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 18, 2012
Last Update Posted : April 13, 2016
University of Chicago
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
James Dale Lock, Stanford University

Brief Summary:
Anorexia Nervosa (AN) has the highest mortality rate compared to any other psychiatric disorder. The most promising treatment for adolescents with AN is family-based treatment (FBT). However, only 50% of patients receiving FBT fully remit at 12-month follow-up. Consequently, providing an alternative therapy early in the treatment course for those not responding to FBT may enhance overall outcome. This study aims to develop a new treatment - Intensive Family-Focused Treatment (IFT) - to improve outcomes in those adolescents, aged 12-18 years, who do not show an early response to FBT.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anorexia Nervosa Behavioral: Family-Based Therapy (FBT) Behavioral: Family-Based Therapy with Intensive Family-Focused treatment Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 90 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Adaptive Family Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa
Study Start Date : September 2011
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2015

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Family Issues

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Psychotherapy
Family-Based Therapy (12 sessions)
Behavioral: Family-Based Therapy (FBT)
12 sessions of FBT over the course of 6 months.

Experimental: Family-Based Therapy with Intensive Family-Focused Treatment
The patient will receive 4 sessions of Family-Based therapy, and if the participant does not make adequate weight gain within this time period, will be assigned to Intensive Family-Focused Therapy (IFT).
Behavioral: Family-Based Therapy with Intensive Family-Focused treatment
FBT for 4 weeks then Intensive Family-Focused treatment (IFT) should the participant not make adequate weight progress within the time frame.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Full remission from AN (%MBW>95) [ Time Frame: End of Treatment (6 months) ]
    Weight restoration to at least 95% of Median body weight (calculated by height, weight, gender, and age)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Changes in subscale scores of the EDE [ Time Frame: End of Treatment (6 months) ]
    Eating Disorder Examination subscale measures (weight concern, shape concern, dietary restraint) within 1 standard deviation of normative scores.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Meets DSM-IV criteria for anorexia nervosa
  • Lives with at least one English-speaking parent who is willing to participate
  • Medically Stable
  • Adequate transportation to clinic
  • Proficient at speaking, reading, and writing English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous FBT for AN
  • Medical condition that may affect eating or weight

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01579682

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United States, California
Stanford University
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
United States, Illinois
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60637
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
University of Chicago
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Principal Investigator: James D Lock, MD, PhD Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Daniel LeGrange, PhD University of Chicago
Additional Information:
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Responsible Party: James Dale Lock, Principal Investigator, Stanford University Identifier: NCT01579682    
Other Study ID Numbers: SPO 49694
SPO 49798 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: NIMH )
First Posted: April 18, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 13, 2016
Last Verified: April 2016
Keywords provided by James Dale Lock, Stanford University:
Eating Disorder
Anorexia Nervosa
Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified
Family-Based Therapy
Family Therapy
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Anorexia Nervosa
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
Feeding and Eating Disorders
Mental Disorders