Advancing the Treatment of Eating Disorders
The Renfrew Center is committed to continually evaluating how our eating disorder treatment approach impacts the recovery of our patients. In 2018, Renfrew’s research department published a ground-breaking study highlighting the effectiveness of our treatment.
Patients keep getting better even after they leave Renfrew.
Improvement in eating disorder symptoms, experiential avoidance and depression symptoms were maintained for at least six months after discharge for patients who received residential care utilizing The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® (UTM).
This study is just one example of how the work of our industry-leading research team enhances the quality of care that patients receive at Renfrew.
How Research Informs Treatment
The Renfrew Center is continually seeking new insight into the causes, prevention and treatment of eating disorders, and then applying that insight both inside Renfrew and in the wider eating disorder treatment community.
Eating Disorder Research at
The Renfrew Center
The Renfrew Center’s Research Department:
- Gathers empirical data from our 19 clinical sites
- Helps shape and improve clinical programming
- Informs treatment plans to support unique patient needs and vulnerabilities
- Establishes clear markers of treatment progress for patients and families
- Measures the impact of our treatment to improve our patients’ outcomes
In 2018, Renfrew’s Research and Training Departments published a ground-breaking article that summarized the implementation of The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model (UTM) for Eating Disorders®. This implementation took place at all of Renfrew’s 19 facilities nationwide.
The results: Patients treated with the new approach showed improvement in eating disorders, depression, and emotional avoidance not only at discharge but at the six-month follow-up time point. In short, patients maintained their gains after they completed their treatment program at Renfrew.
*Post-Implementation results signify the application of The Renfrew Center’s Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®.
Advancing Our Understanding of Eating Disorders
Renfrew’s research team makes significant contributions to the academic study of eating disorders by competing for federally-funded grant opportunities, publishing studies in peer-reviewed journals and presenting research findings at academic and professional conferences. Read some of our latest research below.
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