Forty patients completed the 8 sessions with the
CD-ROM based CBT (Overcoming Bulimia) and attended the evaluation appointment (13 had bulimia nervosa, 27 had binge eating disorder).
For both groups, there were significant improvements in well-being and functioning, as well as significant reductions in problems and risk. There was also a significant reduction on the "Bulimic Subscale" of the EDI. These results were comparable with the original study findings (Schmidt, Treasure and Williams, 2001). Dropouts from the CD-ROM reflected rates common to other EDS treatments suggesting that CD-ROM did not directly impact upon service dropout rates.
The study concludes that computer assisted CBT for Eating Disorders offers a promising, feasible and acceptable first step for patients who have bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder, providing access to treatment by specialists in eating disorders.