Eating disorders: how to recognise, respond and promote recovery
Intended for healthcare professionals

Eating disorders: how to recognise, respond and promote recovery

Karen Margaret Wright Professor of nursing, Faculty of Health and Care, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, England
Laura Schut Nurse practitioner, Department of Eating Disorders, Emergis, Kloetinge, Netherlands

Why you should read this article:
  • To learn more about eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa

  • To familiarise yourself with the assessment methods and therapeutic approaches that can be used in people with an eating disorder

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Eating disorders are broadly defined as the control of food and eating patterns to cope with extreme feelings and thoughts, and they can have significant physical, psychological and social effects on people’s lives. This article aims to raise nurses’ awareness of various eating disorders, how they are experienced and evidence-based approaches to their treatment. It considers eating disorders across the life span and outlines how to screen and assess for these conditions. The authors use case studies to describe the use of therapeutic interventions and treatment plans in inpatient and community care, thereby supporting informed nursing practice.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2023.e1654

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software


Conflict of interest

None declared

Wright KM, Schut L (2023) Eating disorders: how to recognise, respond and promote recovery. Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2023.e1654

Published online: 18 July 2023

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