Trastornos de la Conducta Alimentaria: Opiniones y expectativas sobre estrategias de prevención y tratamiento desde la perspectiva de diferentes actores sociales

Translated title of the contribution: Dietary behavior disorders: Opinions and expectancies on prevention and treatment strategies from the perspective of the several social actors

J. C. March, A. Suess, M. A. Prieto, M. J. Escudero, M. Nebot, E. Cabeza, A. Pallicer

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Abstract

Aims: The prevalence increase of Eating Disorders in the last decades emphasizes the necessity to develop strategies from the public healthcare system which include the perspective of the principal implicated social actors. The present study aims to know their opinions and expectations regarding the prevention and treatment of Eating Disorders. Methods: Realization of 5 focus groups (with relatives, adolescents, professionals from the health and educational sector, representatives from institutions and support groups) and 14 semi-structured interviews (with Eating Disorder patients and relatives) about strengths and weaknesses of actual prevention and treatment programs, expectations of change and suggestions for improvement. Analysis of contents and triangulation of results. Results: The absence of resources and knowledge about Eating Disorders, the scarcity of transversal programs and insufficient coordination were named as the main weaknesses whereas interdisciplinary pilot programs were positively valued. As principal demands, major endowment of human and material resources, increased coverage of specialized services, promotion of specific training and improvement of coordination was asked for. Regarding prevention, preference toward an unspecific approach to the subject in order to hinder imitation between young people was highlighted. The care in Day Hospitals was considered one of the most appropriate treatment modalities for the characteristics of this disease being valued the potentially therapeutic effect of contact between Eating Disorder patients. The support network, the education field and the family were named as other important pillars in a multidisciplinary approach to the disease. There was also a demand for the development of combined programs. Conclusions: The discussion of different psychotherapeutic approaches, the role of support groups in the caring network as well as the post-hospital follow-up were identified as issues open to future research.

Translated title of the contributionDietary behavior disorders: Opinions and expectancies on prevention and treatment strategies from the perspective of the several social actors
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)4-12
Number of pages9
JournalNutricion Hospitalaria
Volume21
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Eating Disorders
  • Expectations
  • Prevention
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Food Science

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