A new service model for the treatment of severe anorexia nervosa in the community: the Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Treatment Team

  • Munro C
  • Thomson V
  • Corr J
  • et al.
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Abstract

Aims and method A community intensive treatment service for severe anorexia nervosa is described. The service is multidisciplinary but driven by a focus on psychological formulation. Psychological and dietetic interventions are grounded in a process of active risk management. Evaluations of safety, cost and acceptability of the service are described. Results Patients are highly satisfied with their care. A relatively low mortality rate for such a high-risk population was observed. In-patient bed use and costs were substantially reduced. Clinical implications There is a case for greater use of intensive community care for patients with severe anorexia nervosa, as it can be acceptable to patients, relatively safe and cost less than admission. Declaration of interest None

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Munro, C., Thomson, V., Corr, J., Randell, L., Davies, J. E., Gittoes, C., … Freeman, C. P. (2014). A new service model for the treatment of severe anorexia nervosa in the community: the Anorexia Nervosa Intensive Treatment Team. The Psychiatric Bulletin, 38(5), 220–225. https://doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.113.044818

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