An evaluation of a CAMHS outpatient service for adolescent eating disorders

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Abstract

Background

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.

Method

Case files were analysed to investigate service throughput as well as clinical outcomes for discharged cases (n = 39).

Results

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.

Conclusion

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.

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