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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 and quote reference number N0407.
A version in English and Welsh is also available, reference number
N0408. Mae fersiwn yn Gymraeg ac yn Saesneg ar gael hefyd,
rhif cyfeirnod N0408.…read more

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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 from the NHS if you
have an eating disorder 13
Good information and support 13
Confidentiality 14
Support from your GP 15
Monitoring your health 16
Support and treatment if you have
anorexia nervosa 18…read more

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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 29
Care as an inpatient 30
Children and young people and their families 30
Support and treatment if you have another
type of eating disorder, including binge
eating disorder 31
Psychological treatments 32
Taking medication…read more

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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
Understanding NICE guidance ­ Eating disorders 3…read more

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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 Clinical Guideline no. 9),
which is a clinical guideline produced by NICE for
healthcare professionals working in the NHS in
England and Wales.…read more

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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 medicines, and
what kind of services best help people with
eating disorders. The guideline looks at eating
disorders for children aged 8 years through
to adults.…read more

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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 for reasons including their
specific medical condition, their general health,
their wishes, or a combination of these.…read more

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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 they were developed and information
about the evidence on which they were
based.
All versions of the guideline are available
from the NICE website (www.nice.org.uk).…read more

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