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Clinical Implications of Integrating Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) at the Residential Level of Eating Disorder Care (RTC) For Adults with PTSD

Novak, Katherine Rose (2024) Clinical Implications of Integrating Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) at the Residential Level of Eating Disorder Care (RTC) For Adults with PTSD. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Eating disorders (EDs) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a well-documented relationship with a comorbid presentation being common among patients. However, there is a substantial gap in research addressing the simultaneous treatment of PTSD and EDs. ED symptoms are often more severe with a comorbid diagnosis made with PTSD. Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy centered around working through a patient’s experience through twelve structured, therapist-led sessions with a specific agenda attached to individual sessions. The current gap in research regarding the impact of simultaneous ED and PTSD treatment has a public health significance through the negative impact PTSD has on symptom severity and recovery. Identifying treatments that target PTSD can have significant long-term effects on ED patients with this comorbid diagnosis.
The objective of this preliminary study is to explore the benefits of integrating CPT in the treatment of ED patients with PTSD at a residential level of care (RTC). PTSD Checklist for the DSM-V (PCL-5) scores, which monitor changes in PTSD symptoms through a self-reported survey, were tracked from admission to discharge, as well as before each individual CPT session. Participants (n = 289) are adults who received simultaneous residential treatment and CPT at Monte Nido & Affiliates between January 2019 and December 2022. Statistical analyses indicate an improvement in PCL-5 scores between admission and discharge, with a 7.405±18.897 change in scores (p < 0.001).


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Novak, Katherine RoseKRN44@pitt.eduKRN440009-0009-0385-0434
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSuro, GiuliaGSuro@montenidoaffiliates.comUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDeem, Michaelmdeem@pitt.edumdeemUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDauria, Emilyefd16@pitt.eduefd16UNSPECIFIED
Date: 21 May 2024
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 25 April 2024
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 37
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Human Genetics
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: eating disorders, PTSD, CPT
Date Deposited: 21 May 2024 13:54
Last Modified: 21 May 2024 13:54


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