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

Reid, Marie; Williams, Sarah; Burr, Jennifer


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Professor Marie Reid
Professor of Clinical & Health Psychology/ Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Sarah Williams

Jennifer Burr


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.


Reid, M., Williams, S., & Burr, J. (2010). Perspectives on Eating Disorders and Service Provision: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare Professionals. European Eating Disorders Review, 18(5), 390-398.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 31, 2010
Publication Date 2010-09
Print ISSN 1072-4133
Electronic ISSN 1099-0968
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 5
Pages 390-398
Keywords healthcare professionals' perspectives eating disorders specialist services qualitative service evaluation anorexia-nervosa bulimia-nervosa nurses adolescents
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