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Eating disorders: anorexia
nervosa, bulimia nervosa and
related eating disorders
Understanding NICE guidance: a guide for
people with eating disorders, their advocates
and carers, and the public




January 2004

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Eating disorders: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related
eating disorders
Understanding NICE guidance: a guide for people with eating
disorders, their advocates and carers, and the public

Issue date: January 2004

To order copies
Copies of this booklet can be ordered from the NHS Response Line;
telephone 0870 1555 455…

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Contents
About this information 5
Clinical guidelines 5
What the recommendations cover 6
How guidelines are used in the NHS 7
If you want to read the other versions of
this guideline 7


About eating disorders 8


For carers of someone with an eating
disorder 12


What you can expect…

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Taking medication 21
Care as an outpatient 22
Care as an inpatient 23
Care after being in hospital 24
Children and young people and their families 24

Support and treatment if you have bulimia
nervosa 26
Psychological treatment 27
Taking medication 28
Monitoring your health 29
Care as an outpatient…

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Questions you might want to ask about
your care and treatment 35
Information about your condition 36
Information about your treatment or care 36
Questions for families and carers 38

Further information 38

Glossary: explanation of medical and
technical words 39




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About this information
This information describes the guidance that the
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (called
NICE for short) has issued to the NHS on eating
disorders. It is based on Eating Disorders: Core
Interventions in the Treatment and Management
of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Related
Eating Disorders (NICE…

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What the recommendations cover
NICE clinical guidelines can look at different
areas of diagnosis, treatment, care, self-help or
a combination of these. The recommendations
in Eating Disorders: Core Interventions in the
Treatment and Management of Anorexia
Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Related Eating
Disorders cover physical and psychological
treatments, treatment with…

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on 0845 46 47 or view the NHS Direct website at
(www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk).

How guidelines are used in the NHS
In general, healthcare professionals working in
the NHS are expected to follow NICE's clinical
guidelines. But there will be times when the
treatments recommended will not be suitable
for some people…

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· the quick reference guide, which is a summary
of the main recommendations in the NICE
guideline; NICE has sent copies of the quick
reference guide to doctors and other
healthcare professionals working in the NHS
· the full guideline, which contains all the
details of the guideline recommendations,
how…

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