Inpatient treatment & recovery from Anorexia Nervosa: How effective is it?

Dr Alex Yellowlees, Consultant psychiatrist at the Priory Group and Co-author of ‘The Effectiveness of, and Predictors of Response to, Inpatient Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.’

During Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we’re looking into the most successful treatments available to aid the recovery of those suffering from eating disorders.

A world renowned piece of research, which was created by one of The Priory’s Lead Consultants, Dr. Alex Yellowlees and was focused on treatment at Priory Hospital Glasgow, highlighted how specific inpatient treatment can have a significant impact on recovery.  The research also found that longer length of hospital stay was associated with a greater degree of physical and psychological improvement.

International estimates suggest that the likely incidence of anorexia nervosa is approximately 8.1 new cases per 100,000 people per year, with approximately 90% of all cases occurring in females.

Extrapolation of these figures to Scotland where this study was focussed, would suggest a total new caseload of approximately 413 anorexia nervosa sufferers per year, of which approximately 372 would be female.

“Inpatient treatment is crucial to recovery with studies showing that adults who suffer from anorexia nervosa   improved significantly with a specific specialist programme delivered in an inpatient setting.”

The Eating Disorders Service at Priory Hospital Glasgow comprises a 27-bedded specialist high dependency unit, providing intensive, multidisciplinary inpatient treatment for patients suffering from severe and complex eating disorders and their co-morbid conditions. Established in 1996, the service receives patients from all over Scotland, both self referred and referred by NHS consultants and eating disorder teams.

For further information on the full range of Priory services, please call: 0845 277 4679.