New York, New York 10032

  • Bulimia Nervosa


Bulimia Nervosa is a frequent problem for young women. It is widely assumed that this disorder cannot be treated effectively in a primary care setting. This assumption has never been tested empirically, and is probably incorrect. In the last 15 years, effective treatment interventions for Bulimia Nervosa have been developed and validated in specialized treatment centers. The broad aim of this proposal is to examine whether these treatments, suitably adapted, can be usefully transferred to general health care settings. Specifically, the proposed study will determine the relative and combined effectiveness of the two leading treatments for Bulimia Nervosa in a primary care setting. The two major interventions are treatment with an antidepressant medication, fluoxetine, and with a form of cognitive behavioral therapy, guided self-help, designed for use in primary care.


Inclusion Criteria: - DSM-IV criteria for bulimia nervosa with a modified frequency criterion of at least once a week Exclusion Criteria: - Physical disorder requiring hospitalization or ongoing treatment likely to affect eating and/or weight - Significant suicidal ideation or behavior - Subjects judged unable to tolerate four-month treatments available in the study because of comorbid psychiatric conditions - Current drug or alcohol dependence - Current anorexia nervosa - Pregnancy or any physical condition or treatments known to influence eating and weight - Current psychiatric treatment or medication known to affect eating or weight - Previous course of fluoxetine at a dose of 60 mg. per day for at least four weeks - Allergy to fluoxetine - Previous course of cognitive behavioral therapy for Bulimia Nervosa at a qualified center



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Principal Investigator
B. T. Walsh, MD
Columbia University

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New York, New York 10032
United States

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Date Processed: April 07, 2020

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