Eating disorders (EDs) (Anorexia Nervosa, in particular), have been recognised as having the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric illnesses due to medical complications and suicide. EDs also carry a high economic burden and an overall poorer quality of life for patients.
Shirley Jones, Jann Sienicki, Louise Higgins, Patty Yoon, Raymond Boutet, Caitlyn O’Reilly; Dr. Julia Raudzus, Dr. Josie Geller and Dr. Jennifer Coelho
Provincial Eating Disorders Network
The Provincial, Tertiary and Specialized Programs offered through the Looking Glass Residence; BC Children’s Hospital and St. Paul’s’ Hospital have a streamlined guideline and referral form for access to the specialized provincial services.
The purpose of this report is to define an evidence-informed, ideal continuum of care for eating disorders (ED) services, ranging from preventative through to tertiary care. It focuses on the eating disorders defined in the DSM-IV: anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).
The essential tools for treating the eating disorders, including key principles that are relevant across the continuum of care, are contained within this document. These guidelines address primary care, low intensity outpatient treatment, high intensity day, residential and inpatient treatment, variable intensity quality of life treatment, and high intensity medical stabilization treatment.