Understanding Medical Management Professionals in Eating Disorders Care

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 Mental Health News
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The booklet, Medical Management Professionals in Eating Disorders Care, from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation's (iaedp™) Excellence in Practice Committee, reviews the current knowledge and standards of eating disorders management by the medical healthcare professional's role on the eating disorder treatment team.

PEKIN, Ill., Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The booklet, Medical Management Professionals in Eating Disorders Care,

from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation's (iaedp™) Excellence in Practice Committee, reviews the current knowledge and standards of eating disorders management by the medical healthcare professional's role on the eating disorder treatment team. The booklet, recently updated and available at http://www.iaedp.com, offers information in a succinct synopsis format and includes evidenced-based references and clinical practice standards. It is a must-read for healthcare professionals who treat individuals with eating disorders.

The user-friendly structure of the booklet allows the reader to access information by how the healthcare professional impacts the eating disorders (ED) treatment process. Throughout its seven chapters, the booklet describes the ED team models, medical professional credentials, team reimbursement, medical care provider roles and responsibilities, medical care provider summary of contributions and therapeutic interventions and level of care practice considerations. The booklet's final chapters provide a comparative overview of high-risk populations and treatment interventions.

In the first chapter about eating disorders team models, the need for multidisciplinary team treatment is reinforced as a best practice, but confides that considerable variation exists in team composition, depending on the treatment setting and stage of illness.

Following this is the critical chapter on understanding professional credentials in order to organize a team of highly skilled professionals to serve the medical needs of an eating disorders patient. The content offers key points, including that a primary medical provider should be identified for each patient to "ensure a clear line of medical leadership." A second key point offers that eating disorders certification is an important credential that reveals commitment to the patient and "advocacy for individuals" with an eating disorder.

In the subsequent chapters, the text provides the reader with instructional direction regarding team reimbursement, offering that fees imperative for care are clearly understood by the patient. It also points out that the "certified medical provider" (the team member providing direct medical care to the patient and serving as the medical entity of the ED care team) could be the "first point of contact" for an ED patient and is often "responsible for establishing the treatment team and orienting the patient to the care providers."

Levels of care practice are included, such as Continuity of Care, Care Environment Levels, Acute Care, Residential Care, Partial Hospitalization Program Care, Intensive Outpatient Care, Outpatient Care and Family Based Treatment for Children and Adolescents Care. High-risk populations and treatment interventions also are provided in a comparative overview, noting adolescents, athletes, model and actresses and bariatric surgery patients among many others.

In the early 2000s, the iaedp™ Foundation leadership identified a shortage of qualified healthcare professionals available to deliver the required care for ED patients and as a result, developed an Advanced Certification Program to promote standards of excellence within the field of eating disorders. The booklet, Medical Management Professionals in Eating Disorders Care, is one of the required texts for those seeking Advanced Certification from iaedp™.

For more information about the iaedp™ Foundation and Advanced Certification for ED treatment, go to http://www.iaedp.com. About the iaedp™ Foundation: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions. MemberSHARE.iaedp.com is an iaedp™ business journal and online member resource to learn about noteworthy member achievements, continuing education webinars and U.S. and international chapter activity and events; for more information, visit MemberSHARE.

The iaedp™ Foundation's Presidents Council, which provides organization support, includes: Center for Discovery; Center for Change; Center for Hope of the Sierras; Eating Recovery Center; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; The Meadows Ranch; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; KellerLife Center for Eating Disorders; and Veritas Collaborative.

Early registration (for discounted rates to attend the iaedp™ Symposium and for hotel rooms) for the 2019 iaedp™ Symposium is now open. More information about all aspects iaedp™ and its 2019 Symposium can be found at iaedp.com.

 

SOURCE The iaedp Foundation



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