Critical Care for Anorexia Nervosa

The MARSIPAN Guidelines in Practice

  • Paul H. Robinson
  • Dasha Nicholls

About this book


Anorexia and bulimia nervosa are serious disorders affecting pre-adolescents, adolescents and adults with high levels of co-morbidity, disability and mortality. The medical manifestations of these disorders are intrinsic to the illness and its treatment; some are secondary to malnutrition whereas others are the result of purging or other weight-controlling behaviours and a further group is due to poor management of nutritional problems.

This book focuses on the role of the psychiatric, medical, nutritional and psychiatric assessment and management of severely ill patients with anorexia nervosa. Leading clinicians and researchers address the essentials of risk assessment, the identification of complications and the monitoring of treatment progress. Location of care and the role of the team are fully addressed, with due consideration of legal and ethical issues. Practical guidelines are included on risk assessment, management of acute and chronic physical problems, feeding during treatment and consent, as outlined in the MARSIPAN (2010) and Junior MARSIPAN (2012) documents. Critical Care for Anorexia Nervosa will be of value for medical and paediatric teams, GPs, psychiatrists and all health-care professionals involved in the treatment of acutely ill patients with anorexia nervosa.


Anorexia Nervosa Bulimia Nervosa Eating Disorders Nutritional Problems Weight-controlling Behaviours

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul H. Robinson
    • 1
  • Dasha Nicholls
    • 2
  1. 1.Research DeptSt Ann’s HospitalLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryGreat Ormond Street HospitalLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-08173-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-08174-8
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