People with eating disorders do not maintain use of self-monitoring recovery app during treatment

Takeaway

  • Young adults with anorexia or bulimia are unlikely to use the Recovery Record eating disorder treatment app for more than three months.

Why this matters

    The use of mental health-related apps as digital treatment add-ons is well established; however, their effectiveness in treating eating disorders is unclear. This is the first study to explore the use of the Recovery Record app over a 26-week period in a clinical cohort of people with eating disorders. The findings highlight certain subgroups who may be more likely to use the app and therefore gain most benefit.