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Don't be shocked: Family-Based Maudsley therapy data published

Posted Oct 05 2010 3:08am
Long-awaited data on the Maudsley approach has just been published and the news wires are humming. From what I'm seeing, the coverage is pretty darned good. (The data is, too)

National Public Radio
Chicago Tribune
Bloomberg Business week
The Wall Street Journal
Science Codex
Los Angeles Times
US News and World Report

News stories about the Maudsley approach have always had a certain breathless "this is completely new and shocking" quality, then sink to obscurity and business as usual. Until recently this coverage hasn't translated to a real change in the availability and acceptance - or deep understanding - of the ideas. My hope for this wave of coverage - and it is HUGE this time - is that we will stop calling Family-Based therapy "controversial" and start calling it shocking and controversial that the availability of this approach, which you'll hear in the interviews "should be the first line of treatment," is still so thin on the ground.

What should be controversial is that children and adolescents with anorexia are still being treated first with approaches that are KNOWN to be less successful and their parents are never even told about the option.
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