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by E. Jane B.
Last updated: March 2018
Doctors often struggle to assess risk and decision-making
capacity in patients with severe eating disorders, and to
apply mental health legislation to protect individuals’ life and
health without undue restriction of liberty.
The effects of eating disorders on the decision to accept
treatment are more subtle than those of most other severe mental
illnesses. Risks to personal health and safety are less likely
to involve clear-cut acute physical violence.
Once the decision is made as to whether to invoke the law, there
remains the task of finding means to impose effective treatment.
Eating disorders do not respond to injectable medications but
require a range of co-ordinated interventions over many months,
sometimes even in the face of persisting refusal.
This module addresses a challenging area of psychiatry, in which
our wish to maintain a compassionate attitude can be strained to
Assessment of eating disorders in children and young
by Dr Agnes Ayton, Dr Dasha Nicholls and Dr Anne Stewart
Assessment of adult bulimia by Dr Harry
disorders: risk factors and clinical management by Dr William
Rhys Jones and Dr Sarfaraz Shora
Or why not try another Quickbite module?:
enduring eating disorders by Dr William Rhys Jones and Dr Paul
ideas: a lost concept? by Dr Millia Begum and Dr Peter
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