E-Health Interventions for Eating Disorders: Emerging Findings, Issues, and Opportunities

  • Jiska J. Aardoom
  • Alexandra E. Dingemans
  • Eric F. Van Furth
Eating Disorders (C Grilo, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Eating Disorders


This study aimed to review the emerging findings regarding E-health interventions for eating disorders and to critically discuss emerging issues as well as challenges for future research. Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy and guided self-help have demonstrated promising results in terms of reducing eating disorder psychopathology. Emerging findings also suggest that E-health interventions reach an underserved population and improve access to care. The use of smartphone applications is becoming increasingly popular and has much potential although their clinical utility and effectiveness is presently unknown and requires investigation. Important challenges include the diagnostic process in E-health interventions, the optimization of E-health within existing health care models, and the investigation and implementation of blended care. More high-quality research is needed to bring the field forward and to determine the place for E-health in our health care service delivery systems.


E-health Internet interventions Eating disorders Treatment Self-help 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiska J. Aardoom
    • 1
  • Alexandra E. Dingemans
    • 1
  • Eric F. Van Furth
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Rivierduinen Eating Disorders UrsulaLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryLeiden University Medical CenterLeidenThe Netherlands

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