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Evid Based Nurs 2:120 doi:10.1136/ebn.2.4.120
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Review: medication and cognitive behaviour therapy control symptoms of bulimia nervosa

Outcomes Number of studies with no significant heterogeneity Overall weighted effect size (95% CI)
Medication trials
Binge frequency 9 0.66 (0.52 to 0.81)
Purge frequency 6 0.39 (0.24 to 0.54)
Depression 9 0.73 (0.58 to 0.88)
Eating attitudes 8 0.71 (0.56 to 0.86)
CBT trials
Binge frequency 17 1.28 (1.09 to 1.47)
Purge frequency 24 1.22 (1.06 to 1.39)
Depression 19 1.31 (1.10 to 1.51)
Eating attitudes 13 1.35 (1.12 to 1.58)
Combined treatment
Binge frequency 4 1.77 (1.34 to 2.21)
Purge frequency 5 1.33 (0.94 to 1.73)

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