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Community Treatment of Eating Disorders

Paul Robinson

ISBN: 978-0-470-01675-6 June 2006 218 Pages


The book is intended as a practical guide to setting up, staffing and running eating disorders services. The guidance and advice given is based on the experience of the eating disorder service at the Royal Free, which does not have specialised beds, but which is nevertheless considered to offer one of the best services in the UK. Each element of the service will be considered from referral, inpatient and outpatient treatment, service evaluation and multi-disciplinary teamworking. The book also discuss’s innovative approaches in treatment, including an evaluation of Email Bulimia Therapy.
  • Ties in with NICE guidelines, which highlight the need for local services for treating eating disorders
  • Offers practical guidance on setting up a community model of treatment and on working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Based on the Royal Free experience – their Eating Disorders Service has twice been a finalist in the Hospital Doctor Team of the Year awards
About the Author.



Chapter 1: Establishing a Home-oriented Service.

Chapter 2: Staff.

Chapter 3: Initial Outpatient Assessment.

Chapter 4: Physical Assessment and Monitoring.

Chapter 5: Psychological Interventions.

Chapter 6: Day Care.

Chapter 7: Liaison and Outreach.

Chapter 8: Inpatient Care.

Chapter 9: Rehabilitation: Dealing with SEED.

Chapter 10: Technical and Academic Aspects.



"Although this fine book was published in 2006, it somehow slipped under my radar screen and I didn't come across it until recently. What's offered here is so unusual, practical, and potentially helpful to clinicians and administrators working in and/or wishing to develop eating disorders systems of care that I wanted to bring it to readers' attention in spite of the fact that it is now several years old. This is not outdated information...Program directors, program coordinators, and health-care administrators involved with providing services for eating disorders patients will all want to see this book. It will give them a chance to contrast and compare what they're doing with what's outlined here, and so that they might re-envision what might be achievable locally." (Eating Disorders Review, January/February 2009)