Innovations in Practice
An evaluation of a CAMHS outpatient service for adolescent eating disorders
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 64–68, February 2014
How to Cite
Fenner, M. and Kleve, L. (2014), An evaluation of a CAMHS outpatient service for adolescent eating disorders. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19: 64–68. doi: 10.1111/camh.12014
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 OCT 2012
- Anorexia nervosa;
- eating disorder;
A CAMHS Eating Disorder (ED) service is presented together with cases referred and treated within a 3-year period. An outcome evaluation was conducted for restrictive eating disorders.
Case files were analysed to investigate service throughput as well as clinical outcomes for discharged cases (n = 39).
Highly positive End of Treatment (EOT) outcomes were achieved for both anorexia nervosa (AN) and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). Morgan Russell scores, drop-out and admission rates compared favourably with previous trials. User satisfaction ratings were high.
The study offers insight into real-life clinical practice and as outpatient treatment is usually much less expensive than inpatient treatment, this approach has the potential to be cost-effective.