Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
Anorexia Nervosa can be a detrimental and severe disorder, as it results in death for 5- 10% of the patients who are in treatment. Practitioners and researchers have spent much effort researching treatments for Anorexia Nervosa, but the results lack effective outcomes. A common complaint among practitioners is that research does not apply to their clients. Evidence Based Practice states that treatment options for psychologists should not only include the research, but also the intuition of the psychologist and the diversity of the client. This study investigates the difference between practitioners' and researchers' values in the three domains of Evidence Based Practice: Research, Clinical intuition and Client diversity. Results show a difference between researchers' and practitioners' values towards research and clinical intuition. The perceived gap is greater than the actual gap between the professional groups. Also discussed are the theoretical orientations of both researchers and practitioners and learning tools to address treatment decision making.
Block, Michelle M., "Research practitioner gap: treatments for anorexia nervosa" (2013). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 119.