Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/11434/2244
Title: Nothing to scoff at: one patients' journey with disordered eating.
Epworth Authors: Pompei, Brooke
Gwee, Karen
Hooper, Suzie
Kaplan, Amy
Keywords: Disordered Eating
Eating Disorders
Disordered Eating Behaviours
SCOFF Questionaire
Pre-admission screening
Multidisciplinary Care Team
Mental Health Inpatient Unit
Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Chronic Pain Clinical Institute
Issue Date: Oct-2023
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Month 2023
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: In 2021 Epworth Clinic Mental Health (MH) Inpatient Unit implemented a care pathway aimed at improving identification and management of patients with eating disorders(EDs)/dsordered eating behaviours(DEBs). Screening for patients at risk of EDs/DEBs encompassed the initial step within a comprehensive care pathway. A positive SCOFF questionnaire result initiated an automatic referral to dietetics and depending on the dietetic assessment outcome, more intensive, specialised care could be offered. This included therapeutic engagement and supportive meal therapy (SMT) undertaken by trained nurses, ED/DEB specific psychology/psychiatry intervention and intensive clinical monitoring of physical parameters. With a score of 3 on admission, Tara was referred to dietetics. Conclusion: The SCOFF opened up a conversation about Tara’s DEBs and negative Body Image (BI), the burden of which had be carried silently for years. Along with Tara’s readiness to change, early screening and recognition of these issues allowed for the provision of multidisciplinary, specialised intervention, including dietetics, nursing and therapy.Subsequently, Tara experienced a significant improvement in DEBs, BI concerns and a reduction in her ED risk during her admission Tara’s story highlights how the integration of the SCOFF within a general MH inpatient unit can improve identification and subsequent management of patients with EDs/DEBs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11434/2244
Type: Conference Poster
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Case Reports
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