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Title: Bridging the gap: does a specialist eating disorder service, aimed at developing a continuum of community care, make a difference?
Authors: Newton, John;Bosanac, Peter;Mancuso, Sam;Castle, David Jonathan
Affiliation: Mental Health Clinical Service Unit, Austin Health, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia. richard.newton@austin.org.au
Issue Date: 13-May-2013
Citation: Australasian Psychiatry : Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2013; 21(4): 365-70
Abstract: In 2010, the authors identified in a separate publication, Mind the evidence gap, the sparse evidence-base for the treatment of adult anorexia nervosa and barriers to accessing care. We report on the ensuing development, implementation and first 18-month results of a novel eating disorder service bridging the primary and specialist continuum of care in Victoria, Australia.Using literature review, stakeholder, and consumer and carer consultation, a model for a community eating disorder service was developed and then implemented. All patients entering the service were then assessed at intake and, if they gave consent, at 12 month follow-up.From December 2010 to July 2012, 208 patients accessed The Body Image Eating Disorders Treatment and Recovery Service (BETRS). Fifty-three per cent had a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and the mean number of co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses was two. Twenty-three per cent attended a day patient programme and showed a significant improvement in their body mass index. Measures of depression, anxiety and eating disorder symptomatology showed a concomitant, significant decrease.The development of BETRS has led to markedly improved access and effectiveness of specialist services in the region.
Internal ID Number: 23671227
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/11763
DOI: 10.1177/1039856213486303
URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23671227
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: anorexia nervosa
day programme
treatment
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Anorexia Nervosa.psychology.therapy
Anxiety.complications.therapy
Body Mass Index
Community Mental Health Services.organization & administration
Depression.complications.therapy
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
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