RESOURCES FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
Healthcare providers are often the first to discover signs of an eating disorder. Routine exams can uncover many symptoms that otherwise do not get noticed. The UNC Center for Excellence for Eating Disorders (NCEED) created a simple checklist to to recognize the symptoms of an eating disorder so you can get people the help they need.
At the bottom of the web page are links to three short eating disorder screening tools: SCOFF Questionnaire for Adolescents and Adults, Eating Disorder Screener (ESP) for Primary Care for Adolescents and Adults, and Binge Eating Disorder Screening 7 for Adults.
NCEED offers a wide array of helpful resources for health professionals that provide evidence-based guidance on how to detect and manage eating disorders in your practice. Christine Peat, Ph.D., offered several presentations in Alaska in partnership with AKEDA on Eating Disorders in Your Clinical Practice, and Eating Disorders in Primary Care and Community Based Clinics. These are available to view here.
The Academy on Eating Disorders' (AED) Medical Care Standards Task Force publishes a Medical Care Standard Guide: Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders. This guide is intended as a resource to promote recognition of, and risk management in the care of, those with eating disorders.
The guide is available in multiple languages and offers:
Important facts about eating disorders
Presenting signs and symptoms
Information on a comprehensive assessment
Reference about Re-feeding Syndrome and Undereating
Goals of treatment
Information on ongoing management
What to Say and What Not to Say to Patients
Produced by the National Association on Eating Disorders to help health care providers have neutral conversations with patients about eating and exercise habits linked to eating disorders.