›› 2015, Vol. 35 ›› Issue (10): 1560-.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8115.2015.10.026

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Assessment and intervention of motivation to change for patients with eating disorders

GU Lian, CHEN Jue, XIAO Ze-ping   

  1. Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Online:2015-10-20 Published:2015-12-22
  • Supported by:

    National Natural Science Foundation of China,81201055; National Key Clinical Disciplines at Shanghai Mental Health Center, OMA-MH 2011-873; Shanghai Clinical Center for Mental Disorders, 2014; Characteristic Disciplines Construction of Shanghai Mental Health Center, 2013-YJTSZK-02


Patients with eating disorders often accompany low motivation to change, incooperation, and high dropout rates during the treatment. So it is important to assess the level of motivation to change and improve the motivation to change by intervention during the treatment of eating disorders. This paper retrospectively analyzes the relevant literature published during past 10 years and reviews assessment methods of motivation to change and applications of the motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement therapy to the treatment of patients with eating disorders.

Key words: eating disorder, motivation to change, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa