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Perspectives on Eating Disorders and Service Provision: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare Professionals

Reid, Marie; Williams, Sarah; Burr, Jennifer

Authors

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

Sarah Williams

Jennifer Burr

Abstract

The study examined healthcare professionals' perspectives of eating disorder patients and services. Qualitative semistructured interviews were conducted with 18 healthcare professionals resulting in two themes. First, the practical difficulties of meeting the complex service needs of people with eating disorders were illustrated. Second, staff recognised patient diversity and the consequent need for individualised interventions. Services are frustrated in meeting patient needs due to complex resource limitations, which do not amount only to lack of funding. Rather than eating disordered patients being viewed as 'difficult', as reported in previous qualitative research, they are only difficult in a context of limited resources. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010-09
Journal EUROPEAN EATING DISORDERS REVIEW
Print ISSN 1072-4133
Electronic ISSN 1099-0968
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 5
Pages 390-398
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.976
Keywords healthcare professionals' perspectives eating disorders specialist services qualitative service evaluation anorexia-nervosa bulimia-nervosa nurses adolescents
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/erv.976