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New recommendations provide clear standards for eating disorder programs

February 27, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) released Clinical Practice Recommendations for Residential and Inpatient Eating Disorder Programs in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 24 - March 2, 2013.

The recommendations, developed through a collaboration of the AED, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), were established to:

  • Guide the development of disease-specific accreditation standards that can be used when reviewing the performance of residential and inpatient programs.
  • Safeguard patients and families seeking residential or inpatient eating disorder treatment.
  • Facilitate program review and improve the quality of care offered by residential and inpatient treatment programs.
  • Provide a quality of care benchmark for third-party payers and government officials when collaborating with service providers in developing comprehensive models of care and reimbursement.

The new recommendations apply to programs that serve patients 24 hours per day, seven days per week, under the supervision of licensed healthcare professionals who has access to a licensed physician. Patients served in these facilities have been diagnosed with eating disorders according to the current DSM or ICD-10 criteria, including Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified. 

CARF International has also integrated the AED Clinical Practice Recommendations into its 2013 disease-specific accreditation guidelines for residential and inpatient eating disorders program.