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The role of the nurse in eating disorder recovery

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The late teenage years are the most common age The late teenage years are the most common age to develop an eating disorder

A 2015 report reveals that more than 725,000 people in the UK are affected by eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.1 In recognition of the seriousness of these conditions, the government announced earlier this year that it was committing £150 million to improve access to mental health services for young individuals affected by eating disorders.2

In whatever form an eating disorder manifests, recovery is extremely complex and those affected cannot achieve it in a vacuum. To achieve successful and long-lasting recovery, the physical, emotional and social wellbeing of the patient must all be considered. Nurses play a vital role in eating-disorder recovery through the delivery of person-centred care and the provision of a supportive, therapeutic relationship.

Identifying eating disorders in primary care

Nurses are often the initial point of entry to care for people with eating disorders and can therefore be important in establishing
the foundations for recovery, especially with those patients who may not realise they have a problem.


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