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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FREED trial speeds up treatment for patients with eating disorders

A nine-month trial run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) has shown that speeding up treatment for eating disorders has a wide range of benefits.

First episode and Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorder (FREED) was launched within SLaM as a 15 month pilot study last September, aiming to facilitate rapid assessment and flexible tailored treatment for young adults with anorexia or bulimia in the early stages of their illness. Following nine months of promising results, FREED has been officially launched as a service within the Eating Disorders Unit at SLaM.

The initial results showed that cutting long waiting times makes patients much more likely to engage with the treatment; reduces the high dropout rate from such care; helps patients recover more quickly than normal; and is hugely appreciated by patients and their parents

SLaM consultant psychiatrist, Ukrike Schmidt said: 

“We have transformed the care and lives of these young people. We can already see that this is really making a difference.

“People’s recovery is brought forward so much, patients actually engage in treatment – it’s unusual to find eating disorders sufferers who take part in treatment as willingly – and parents are utterly delighted. Eating disorders are such a burden on families, in which every meal is a battle and you worry that your child might drop dead because of the sudden death associated with anorexia, that parents are very glad to have such expert help so early and to be so involved.”

FREED featured in the Guardian on 21 June, follow the below link to read the full story:


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