The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

The Renfrew Center's Patient Outcome Data Published in Prestigious Journal

The official journal for the APA Society for Psychotherapy Research, recently published a ground-breaking article titled, Implementation of transdiagnostic treatment for emotional disorders in residential eating disorder programs: A preliminary pre-post evaluation.

The peer-reviewed article in Psychotherapy Research summarizes the outcomes of treatment before and after the implementation of The Renfrew Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders (UTM), an innovative evidence-based approach for eating disorders. This noteworthy article reflects the data collected by The Renfrew Center’s research and training departments.

Committed to the importance of disseminating patient outcomes to the community, The Renfrew Center’s Clinical Leadership and Clinical Advisory Board have made this article “open access” so that anyone interested in reading it is able to do so.

To view the article now, click here.

Renfrew’s published patient outcome research describes:

  • The enhanced effectiveness of an evidence-based protocol uniquely adapted for Residential level of care.
  • The process for establishing competence and adherence to the new model following extensive training of multidisciplinary staff.
  • The measurement of change at 3 time points — intake, discharge and 6-month follow-up.
  • Change in eating disorder symptoms and depression, as well as changes in the emotional functioning variables that the new treatment (UTM) was intended to address.

Key findings:

  • At 6-month follow-up, patients who were treated after the implementation of the UTM showed more sustained improvements in eating disorder symptoms and depression than those who were treated before the implementation of the UTM.
  • Emotional avoidance, anxiety sensitivity and mindfulness improved more by discharge in the group treated with the UTM.
  • Emotional avoidance continued to improve 6 months after discharge among the group treated with the UTM.