A recent study conducted by lead researcher Kristen Anderson, LCSW aimed to test the feasibility of utilizing telehealth to deliver family-based treatment (FBT) to adolescents and their families. All participants (N=10) were diagnosed with anorexia nervosa (AN) based on DSM5 criteria. Results were to be based on the outcome measure of weight gain or percentage of BMI increase.
Results demonstrated preliminary evidence that it is, in fact, feasible to deliver quality FBT via telehealth.
Clinical outcomes were determined to be “satisfactory” as participant weight (%mBMI) increased significantly from baseline to EOT and from baseline to the six-month follow-up. These results suggest that this method of using telehealth to deliver family-based treatment could be effective for those residing in areas of the country where treatment resources are limited.