A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders

A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders

A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders

A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders


While many aspects of eating disorders remain a mystery, there is growing evidence that collaboration is an essential element for treatment success. This book emphasises and explains the importance of family involvement as part of a unified team approach towards treatment and recovery.

A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disordersdraws on up-to-date evidence based research as well as case studies and clinical vignettes to illustrate the seriousness of eating disorders and the impact on both the sufferer and their loved ones. Areas of discussion include:

  • current research including genetic factors, socio-cultural influences and early intervention
  • clinical applications such as family based dialectical and cognitive behavioural treatments
  • treatment developments for both adolescents and adults with a range of eating disorders
  • building collaborative alliances at all levels for treatment and ongoing recovery.

With contributions from key international figures in the field, this book will be a valuable resource for students and mental health professionals including family doctors, clinicians, nurses, family therapists, dieticians and social workers.


A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders is about increasing awareness in the general practitioner field and building a bridge between research and practice. It is about encouraging established clinicians to consider new approaches based on research, and to provide instances of collaborative care treatments to cliniciansin-training. It describes how clinicians, researchers, carers and patients are forming collaborative recovery models of care that emphasise shared responsibility, autonomous choices and collaboration. This recovery model involves optimism, empowerment and interpersonal support and a focus on collaborative treatment approaches. A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders is one of the first steps on this journey and the authors hope it will lead to more productive roles for all involved in the future. The contributors are world leaders in their fields of research, treatment, advocacy and family support. Case studies illustrate the outcomes of their approach.

A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders is essential reading for general practitioners and non-specialised clinicians who wish to update and broaden their knowledge of new approaches in eating disorder treatment and care, and for specialised clinicians updating their knowledge of this standard of care.

This book establishes parameters on what is needed to achieve the best outcomes in research and treatment of eating disorders. An example is family-based treatment, where the family/carers are integral to the recovery approach, and teamwork by clinicians applying their respective model of care. The eating disorder field is necessarily multi-disciplinary – more so than perhaps any other field. Add to this the necessity of a higher degree of family involvement than almost any other field (autism perhaps being the closest) and the need for the collaborative approach becomes clear. The text has a strong emphasis on family and Maudsley/familybased treatment because evidence-based research has shown this to be one of the most effective ways to treat eating disorders, particularly with early intervention in children and adolescents. This book will assist those making or completing a paradigm shift in recognising that family-based treatment is not separate from the rest of the eating disorder field, but part of it. Contributors explain empirical research leading to family-based, dialectical and cognitive behavioural treatments. They explore and illustrate the influence of genetics, personality traits and . . .

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