Introduction | Evidence for the Efficacy of Intensive Treatment | Patients Suitable for Intensive Treatment | Management of Discharge From Full Hospitalization | Residential Treatment | Treatment of Comorbidity | Patient Mix | Advantages of Group Therapy | Structure of Intensive Treatment | Goals | Cognitive-Behavioral Framework | Group Therapy Features | Enhancement of Motivation in the Group | Staff Issues | Summary | References
Inpatient and day hospital treatments are the most common intensive interventions for eating disorders and are appropriate for the most severely ill patients. Most programs are multifaceted and based on a biopsychosocial model; because of their complexity, the specific components of treatment and their relative emphasis will likely vary across settings. There is evidence that intensive therapies have good short-term effectiveness for patients who are willing to accept this type of treatment. However, there are no comparative studies indicating that one specific approach is better than any other.