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

Reid, Marie; Williams, Sarah; Hammersley, Richard


Professor Marie Reid
Professor/ Director of MSc Clinical Applications of Psychology/ Athena Swan lead for Psychology

Sarah Williams

Richard Hammersley


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.


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

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2009
Online Publication Date Dec 22, 2009
Publication Date Dec 28, 2009
Publicly Available Date
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
Keywords Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry and Mental health; General Medicine
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