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Managing eating disorder patients in primary care in the UK: A qualitative study

Reid, Marie; Williams, Sarah; Hammersley, Richard

Authors

Professor Marie Reid M.Reid@hull.ac.uk
Professor/ Director of MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology/ Athena Swan lead for Psychology

Sarah Williams

Abstract

It is the general practitioner's (GP's) responsibility to diagnose and manage the care of eating disorder patients but recent surveys suggest that there may be problems. In this qualitative study we have explored the perceptions of 20 GPs. In general they felt that eating disorders had little quantitative impact on their services due to low prevalence, but a high impact when they did occurr due to their complexity. Patients' needs in primary care include improved assessment, constructive holding and monitoring, staff training, referral and continuity of care.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 28, 2009
Journal Eating Disorders
Print ISSN 1064-0266
Electronic ISSN 1532-530X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 1
Pages 1-9
Institution Citation Reid, M., Williams, S., & Hammersley, R. (2009). Managing eating disorder patients in primary care in the UK: A qualitative study. Eating Disorders, 18(1), 1-9. doi:10.1080/10640260903439441
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/10640260903439441
Keywords Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental health; General Medicine