This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition bulimia nervosa
Treatment guided self-help for bulimia nervosa
Sponsor Medical University of Vienna
Collaborator National Bank of Austria
Start date April 2007
End date February 2008
Trial size 150 participants
Trial identifier NCT00461071, AP11957ONB


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectivity of guided self-help via Internet and bibliotherapy in the treatment of bulimia nervosa (BN) in young women.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
(Active Comparator)
Internet-based self-help behavioural
guided self-help for bulimia nervosa
(Active Comparator)
guided self-help for bulimia nervosa

Primary Outcomes

Eating disorder symptomatology after 3 months and after 7 months
time frame: december 2009

Secondary Outcomes

Predictors for best outcome
time frame: december 2009
motivation for change
time frame: dec 2009

Eligibility Criteria

Female participants from 16 years up to 30 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Clinical diagnosis of bulimia nervosa purging-type - BMI > 18 or age corresponding BMI in patients younger than 18y. - Access to Internet available Exclusion Criteria: - Severe depression, alcohol- or drug abuse - acute suicidality

Additional Information

Official title RCT on the Use of Psychoeducation for Bulimia Nervosa in Young Women
Description Eating disorders and especially bulimia nervosa are psychiatric diseases, affecting 2-4% of women. An intervention such as guided self-help via manuals (bibliotherapy) is a well accepted approach and accepted. Development of new technologies in recent years allows delivery of psychotherapy via CD-ROMs and web-based interfaces. These new technologies have not yet been implemented in Austria in treating bulimia nervosa (BN) patients. In particular patients will be involved, who would not attend medical care regularly. The aim of our study is therefore to deliver guided self-help via an internet platform (supported by email contacts) for 100 patients with BN and to investigate the practicability and effectivity of this approach as well as compliance of patients in this group. Patients will be found and contacted via internet, get specialized medical investigations, medical care and support via emails. As control group 100 patients with bulimia are treated with bibliotherapy only. Beside effectivity, predictors of outcome (clinical, comorbidity, indication to change, personality) are investigated. The proposed study is a randomised controlled trial for effectivity and practicability of new technologies in psychiatric treatment research. This is not a psychotherapy study but a study on psychoeducation, an approach which offers new and helpful opportunities for this patient group.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2009.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Medical University of Vienna.