A new treatment for eating disorders combining physical exercise and dietary therapy (the PED-t): experiences from patients who dropped out
AuthorBakland, Maria; Rosenvinge, Jan H; Wynn, Rolf; Sørlie, Venke; Sundgot-Borgen, Jorunn; Mathisen, Therese Fostervold; Hanssen, Tove Aminda; Jensen, Franziska; Innjord, Kjersti; Pettersen, Gunn
Methods: We conducted open-ended face-to-face interviews. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and the data were analysed with a phenomenological hermeneutical approach.
Results: Three themes emerged: “standing on the outside”, “unmet expectations” and “participation not a waste of time”. Feelings of standing on the outside were elicited by being different from other group members and having challenges with sharing thoughts. Unmet expectations were related to treatment content and intensity, as well as the development of unhealthy thoughts and behaviours. Finally, some positive experiences were voiced.
Conclusion: A need to clarify pre-treatment expectations and refining criteria for treatment suitability is indicated. The findings have contributed to the chain of clinical evidence regarding the PED-t and may lead to treatment modifications improving the treatment and thereby reducing drop out.