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Evidence to Improve Care

Eating Disorders

Care for People of All Ages

This quality standard addresses care for people of all ages with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder.

See below for a summary of the quality standard or download it for more detailed statements.

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Quality Statement 1: Comprehensive Assessment
People with signs and symptoms of an eating disorder have timely access to comprehensive mental and physical health assessments. The assessment is used to determine whether they have a specific eating disorder, the severity of their symptoms, the degree of impairment, and whether they have any comorbid conditions, and to establish a plan of care.

Quality Statement 2: Level of Care
People with an eating disorder receive the most appropriate level of care, which takes into consideration their needs, goals, and experience with previous treatment.

Quality Statement 3: Transition From Youth to Adult Health Care Services
Young people with an eating disorder who will transition out of youth-oriented services to adult-oriented services receive transitional care that focuses on continuity and helping the young person develop independence.

Quality Statement 4: Psychotherapy
People with an eating disorder receive timely access to evidence-based psychotherapy that considers their individual needs and preferences.

Quality Statement 5: Monitoring and Medical Stabilization
People with an eating disorder receive ongoing medical monitoring to prevent and address adverse events and complications. They are offered acute medical stabilization when indicated.

Quality Statement 6: Support for Family and Caregivers
Families and caregivers of people with an eating disorder are offered resources, structured support, and education in a way that meets their needs.

Quality Statement 7: Physical, Mental Health, and Addiction Comorbidities
People with an eating disorder who have physical, mental health, or addiction comorbidities are offered treatment for their eating disorder and other conditions as part of a comprehensive plan of care.

Quality Statement 8: Promoting Equity
People with an eating disorder experience care from health care providers and a health care system that uses an anti-racist, anti-discrimination, anti-stigma, and anti-oppressive approach. Health care providers promote a culture that is compassionate, trauma informed, unbiased, and respectful of people's diversity. They build trust with people with an eating disorder and their families and caregivers, work to remove barriers to accessing care, and provide care equitably.

Quality Statement 9: Care for People Who Are Not Receiving Active Treatment
People with an eating disorder who are not receiving active treatment are offered medical monitoring, support, and follow-up that meets their needs and preferences

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