Navigating the transition from pediatric to adult eating disorder programs

Navigating the transition from pediatric to adult eating disorder programs: Perspectives of service providers.

Dimitropoulos G, et al.

Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Mar 19. doi: 10.1002/eat.22017.

Source: Eating Disorders Program, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada; Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

OBJECTIVE: This study aims to conduct qualitative research on the perspectives of service providers regarding the transition process from pediatric to adult specialized eating disorder tertiary care programs.

METHOD: Two focus groups with a diverse group of clinicians in pediatric and adult eating disorder programs and five qualitative interviews with clinicians in the community were conducted.

RESULTS: Three themes were identified as challenges during the transition process: (1) illness related factors (ambivalence and denial); (2) the interruption of normative adolescent developmental processes by the illness; and, (3) the impact of decreased parental involvement in the adult compared to pediatric eating disorder programs.

DISCUSSION: These themes were compared with empirical evidence on other chronic mental or physical health concerns for the purpose of identifying ways to facilitate a more successful service transition for young adults with anorexia nervosa. Future research and clinical implications are delineated.

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