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University of Kansas creating eating disorder recovery app to help improve treatment outcomes

January 4, 2019
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Researchers at the University of Kansas are working on a smartphone app for clinical use to improve eating disorder treatment outcomes for patients.

Despite the availability of quality treatment, there's a chance that a person suffering from an eating disorder won't respond to them, according to Kelsey Forbush, an assistant professor of clinical psychology at the University of Kansas. Forbush is leading the development of the app, according to the research team. Patients who use the app will self-report through an Eating Pathology Symptoms Inventory and an Inventory of Depression and Anxiety. Clinicians can track and assess the responses with computer-adaptive technology (CAT). CAT uses the patient's answers to determine which question to ask next, tuning the self-reporting process to be as effective as possible.

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