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Tackling transition will improve the recovery of young people with eating disorders

Research nurse Sarah J Taylor, with UK eating disorder charity Beat and the Burdett Trust, has produced a free training package to help nurse support young people with an eating disorder.
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Research nurse Sarah J Taylor, with UK eating disorder charity Beat and the Burdett Trust, has produced a free training package to help nurse support young people with an eating disorder

There are more than 700,000 people in the UK with an eating disorder. Those who suffer from eating disorders experience physical complications, poor quality of life, disrupted relationships, emotional distress, social isolation and economic disadvantage. The risk of early death is one of the highest among patients with psychiatric disorders.

Service transitions are frequently highlighted in both service user feedback (Young Minds, 2006) and NHS Policy (Scottish Executive, 2005) as being an area of significant concern. Young people can get ‘lost’ during transitions, with one quarter of young people transferred to adult mental health services failing

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