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Continuation of an eating disorders day programme during the COVID-19 pandemic

Plumley, S., Kristensen, A. and Jenkins, P. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1673-2903 (2021) Continuation of an eating disorders day programme during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of eating disorders. ISSN 2050-2974 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

The current paper describes an adaptation of a daypatient programme for adults with anorexia nervosa in the UK in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent government guidelines. The paper details how the programme, which is normally delivered face-to-face, became a ‘virtual’ clinic, providing support to a group of patients via the Internet and conducting its core activities almost exclusively via videoconferencing. Anxiety around the pandemic influenced patients’ feelings about recovery, and there were concerns about the programme moving online, which necessitated careful management. It has been possible to continue an intensive level of care given wider organisational backing and the support of the patients involved. Some of the patients’ reflections on the experience are included in the article. As well as the adaptations, the article also discusses some of the challenges and opportunities encountered, in the hope of guiding similar services.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:96628
Publisher:BMC

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