A Qualitative Study on the Experiences of Young Adults With Eating Disorders Transferring From Pediatric to Adult Care

Gina Dimitropoulos, Alene Toulany, Jessica Herschman, Adrienne Kovacs, Cathleen Steinegger, Jillian Bardsley, Simarjot Sandhu, Caitlin Gregory, Patricia Colton, Joanna Anderson, Miriam Kaufman

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Abstract

The study’s objective was to identify systemic facilitators and barriers of transferring young adults (ages 17–21) with eating disorders from pediatric to adult health and mental health services. Qualitative interviews were conducted and three themes emerged: (a) difficulties navigating care during the transfer period; (b) challenges achieving and maintaining recovery due to systemic barriers after the transfer of care;and (c) recommendations for facilitating the transfer between systems of care. From the perspective of young adults with eating disorders our study shows that the transition to adult care services may be improved with increased coordination, communication, and collaborative partnerships between pediatric and adult providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-162
Number of pages19
JournalEating Disorders
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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