Clinical Research at RIPE
RIPE has been involved in three independent research projects to evaluate its clinical effectiveness. Since we opened our doors a decade ago La Trobe University and Monash University have all done research with RIPE.
We are very proud of this achievement, not only as it demonstrated on all occasions that we have exemplary results, but it is very rare for a private treatment facility to be transparent (and brave!) enough to open themselves up to independent university research.
Results La Trobe University 2006-7:
Research done at La Trobe in 2006-7 by Nicola Copely evaluated “Stages of Change and its effect on treatment in the RIPE program”. This trial was focused only on our participants with Bulimia Nervosa but it concluded that:
“Results provide the conclusion that the Group CBT treatment offered through the R.I.P.E centre was extremely successful
in reducing Bulimic symptoms for those who completed the therapy.”
It also compared a test called the BULIT-R (measuring clinical symptoms of Bulimia) and found that people dropped on average from a clinical diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa at the start of treatment and on the completion of treatment the score reflected no clinical diagnosis of Bulimia:
“A reduction in BULIT-R score from 117 to 89 (mean) from pre to post treatment”
Results Monash University 2011-12:
These results have been completed (and we are over the moon about them!), however they are not published or submitted yet so we will update this section as soon as we are given the all clear.
A note about research:
Although we are very confident in our treatment outcomes and results of clinical trials we know this research has some limitations. RIPE is not suitable for everyone and not everyone will get well within the 14 weeks (although some do, others take a little longer and a few others find it it wasn’t the right thing for them). We want you to read our results but know there is no “one treatment” for anyone. Recovery is sometimes not a straight line. And remember if one treatment doesn’t work for you, there are many other options and we are happy to help you find them. We just want people to get well.