A Tertiary-Care/Primary-Care Partnership Aimed at Improving Care for People with Eating Disorders
We describe the implementation and impact of a province-wide program of knowledge exchange (KE), aimed at developing capacity for the treatment of people with eating disorders (EDs). The program is designed to equip clinicians working in nonspecialized health-care installations with skills to evaluate and treat people with EDs. Trainings were conducted at 21 institutions. The majority of clinicians reported satisfaction with the KE program and indicated that the trainings enhanced their confidence and ability to treat patients with EDs. A subset of clinicians received case supervision with a specialist ED therapist and followed patients with EDs (n = 119). Treated patients showed significant improvements on eating and depressive symptoms, and reported satisfaction with the treatments they received.
KeywordsKnowledge exchange Knowledge transfer Eating disorders Anorexia nervosa Bulimia nervosa
Most of the work reported here was made possible thanks to support for knowledge transfer from the Royal Bank of Canada, awarded to the Douglas Institute Eating Disorders Continuum (directed by Howard Steiger) and by direct EDC resources for knowledge exchange. A portion of the data reported here was also generated under the auspices of a CIHR Knowledge-to-Action grant awarded to Myra Piat and colleagues (CIHR Grant Application No. 261757).
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
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