Proposal for Evidence Based Practice Paper for Anorexia Nervosa in Teenagers

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Proposal for Evidence Based Practice Paper

Michelle A. Steen

University of North Carolina at Pembroke


This paper explores the proposed use of Dialectic Therapy (DBT) on adolescents between the ages of twelve and eighteen who are diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa (AN). It will address the nature and extent of the issue of AN in the target population, weigh the positive and negative aspects of different types of therapies on the target population and show the potential limitations of the use of DBT versus other forms of therapies.

Proposal for Evidence Based Practice Paper

This paper will discuss Anorexia Nervosa as an eating disorder that predominantly affects girls and young women. In industrial
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The Maudsley approach is relatively short term, containing fifteen to twenty treatment sessions over approximately twelve month. These fifteen to twenty sessions would contain three phases to reach three main goals 1) restore the adolescent’s weight back to normal levels, 2) hand control of eating back to the adolescent and 3) establish a healthy adolescent with increased autonomy. (Bean, Louks, Kay, Cornelia-Carson, & Weltzin, 2010). It has been noted that the Maudsley approach is less effective on older adolescents, adults and chronically ill patients (Santucci, 2010) According to Bakker (2011), when preparing clients, ages twelve to eighteen to transition from an inpatient treatment facility back into a home setting it is important to use a methodology similar to the Maudsley approach. During this review, the nurses were attempting to ascertain which types of nursing care were the most effective in the nurses’ opinions to assist in the recovery of normal body weight. It was noted that during home visits, the parents required encouragement as well as skills training to cope with the adolescent’s disorder.
APPROPRIATE EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE (EBP) Of the EBP discussed, I would choose to use DBT for my chosen population. The Maudsley approach to Family Therapy has provided great strides towards the recovery of persons with AN, but it requires the family’s assistance