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An exploration of the perceptions and experiences of living with chronic anorexia nervosa while an inpatient on an Eating Disorders Unit: an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) study

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  • John R. E. Fox
  • Pascal Diab
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Health Psychology
Issue number1
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)27-36
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date9/08/13
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Chronic anorexia nervosa (cAN) is a challenging presentation for the clinician. Motivation to recover is low, and outcomes are often poor. Within this study. six participants, currently in treatment, were interviewed. These interview transcripts were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The results highlighted five superordinate themes resulted from the analysis and these referred to the following points: (1) ‘making sense of AN’, (2) ‘experience of treatment/treatment’, (3) ‘interpersonal relationships’, (4) ‘battling with anorexia’ and (5) ‘staff pessimism in the treatment of cAN’. These results highlighted how the self is entwined with anorexia nervosa and thus making it incredibly difficult to perceive a life without cAN.