Maintenance treatment and 6-month outcome for bulimic patients who respond to initial treatment

Richard L. Pyle, James E. Mitchell, Elke D. Eckert, Dorothy Hatsukami, Claire Pomeroy, Robert Zimmerman

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Abstract

Bulimic subjects who responded to intensive group psychotherapy plus imipramine or placebo or to imipramine alone (N=68) were assigned to 4-month maintenance with weekly support groups and/or medication (placebo or imipramine) and were evaluated 6 months after initial treatment (N=61). Thirty percent of the subjects relapsed during the 6 months. Initial treatment with group psychotherapy plus placebo or imipramine was associated with a lower relapse rate than initial treatment with imipramine alone. Neither attendance at the maintenance group sessions nor imipramine maintenance was associated with better outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-875
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume147
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Pyle, R. L., Mitchell, J. E., Eckert, E. D., Hatsukami, D., Pomeroy, C., & Zimmerman, R. (1990). Maintenance treatment and 6-month outcome for bulimic patients who respond to initial treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 147(7), 871-875.