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Keywords:

  • eating disorders;
  • clinical competence;
  • educational programme;
  • evaluation

Abstract

This paper describes the structure and content of a Norwegian educational programme—‘Body and self-esteem’—to raise clinical competence among health professionals treating patients with eating disorders. Apart from the individual competence, the aim of the programme is also to increase system-based competence by forming network groups. Using a pre–post design, the programme's effectiveness is described covering the first 78 participants with respect to competence changes, professional attitudes toward treatment, satisfaction with the programme and dissemination effects. At the end of the programme, statistically significant changes in clinical competence were found. The participant's satisfaction was generally good, particularly with respect to gaining more theoretical knowledge and understanding and clinical skills training. Along with preliminary dissemination findings, the programme would appear to be highly promising. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.