"A computer isn't gonna judge you": a qualitative study of users' views of an internet-based cognitive behavioural guided self-care treatment package for bulimia nervosa and related disorders

Eat Weight Disord. 2011 Jun;16(2):e93-e101. doi: 10.1007/BF03325314.


Little is known about what determines uptake and acceptability of internet-based treatments in eating disorders, and users' experience with such treatments. We investigated these factors in participants of a randomized controlled trial of an internet-based cognitive- behavioural treatment (iCBT) package (Overcoming bulimia online). Nine participants were interviewed using purposive sampling. The content of interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. Additionally, participants received questionnaires about their impressions of iCBT. Participants talked about their experience of using iCBT, its impact and compared it to other treatments. Questionnaire responses echoed themes identified in the interviews. iCBT was received positively as a way of fitting treatment into busy lives. Comments on the layout of some of the package content and the practitioner support offered were identified as areas that could be modified or improved.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bulimia Nervosa / psychology
  • Bulimia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Self Care / methods*
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome