Fukutomi, A., Austin, A., McClelland, J., Brown, A., Glennon, D., Mountford, V., Grant, N., Allen, K., & Schmidt, U. (2020)
Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 14(1), 137-141.
Aim: We describe 2‐year outcomes of a novel first episode
early intervention service for young adults with a recent onset eating
disorder (FREED). Outcomes in FREED patients with anorexia nervosa (AN)
were compared with those from patients previously seen in our service
[treatment as usual (TAU) cohort], matched for age, illness duration and
diagnosis. Methods: Electronic case records of FREED‐AN (n = 22) and
TAU‐AN patients (n = 35) were examined to identify service utilisation
and clinical outcomes over 24 months. Results: Outpatient service utilisation was similar in both
groups, but FREED‐AN patients needed intensive (in‐ or day‐patient)
treatment less frequently than TAU‐AN (23% vs 32%). FREED‐AN patients
had a higher estimated mean body mass index [19.2 kg/m2; 95% CI (18.21, 20.16)] than TAU patients [18.0 kg/m2; 95% CI (16.90, 19.15)] at last contact. Conclusion: Introduction of FREED led to a more complete recovery in patients with AN at 24 month.
An online training package and implementation toolkit for services interested in adopting FREED. This material is free for NHS professionals but requires registration to access.
Help & Support
The sooner you seek support, the sooner things can start to get better. We can help you find the right option for you.
Don’t want to use the tool? Download our guide to seeking help and support for more general information and advice.