Improvement and recovery from eating disorders: a patient perspective

Eat Disord. Spring 2002;10(1):61-71. doi: 10.1002/erv.425.


This study presents a patient perspective on improvement and recovery from eating disorders. Forty-eight women recruited from patient organizations and a university eating disorder unit participated in the study. Participants completed standard questionnaires and a qualitative interview. "A wish to change," professional treatment, nonprofessional care, and important persons in the women's lives were identified as important recovery factors. Recovery included improved acceptance of oneself, interpersonal relations, problem solving, and body satisfaction, which was not entirely dependent on symptom absence. The patient perspective concurred with clinical reasoning about recovery.