Researchers and NHS decision-makers can effectively collaborate to optimise the use of existing evidence to successfully redesign a more effective and accessible service for adolescents with eating disorders

West MidlandsGeneric Health Relevance
Published Date: 1 Jun 2012

Researchers and NHS decision-makers can effectively collaborate to optimise the use of existing evidence to successfully redesign a more effective and accessible service for adolescents with eating disorders

Who is involved?

Adolescents with eating disorders

Findings

Based on local audit data the results showed that the new specialist eating disorders service was effective in increasing the body mass index (BMI) of patients from admission to discharge (mean BMI was 16.3 on admission and 17.5 on discharge). The service also had a positive influence on the psychological and social functioning of the young people as demonstrated through analysing the mean Child Global Assessment Scores (CGAS) on entry to the service and on discharge. The mean CGAS scores increased from 51.7 (first reading) to 64.1 (final reading).