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"Helping Patients With Binge Eating Disorders: There's An App For That"

  • Medical Xpress
  • New York, NY
  • (February 03, 2020)

Behavioral therapy assisted by a smartphone app, delivered via telemedicine by a health coach, was an effective treatment for several symptoms of binge eating disorders, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published this week in The American Journal of Psychiatry. "Through a previous pilot study of the Noom Monitor by our team, we know the platform is acceptable to patients, feasible to deliver, and when combined with CBT-GSH with a trained clinician, improves symptoms," said Thomas Hildebrandt, PsyD, chief of the Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders at The Mount Sinai Hospital and lead author of the study. "The purpose of this study was to evaluate the robustness of the intervention when delivered by non-specialist health coaches in a community health care system via telemedicine. We were encouraged by the results that showed that this intervention is effective and can be scaled outside of specialty clinical programs."

Tom Hildebrandt, PsyD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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