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Early Intervention

Early intervention involves identifying a problem at the earliest possible point and getting patients access to the best available treatments tailored to their current illness stage. Whilst early intervention is established best practice in many areas of medicine, much less is known in the field of eating disorders. Implementing successful early intervention approaches means tackling complex questions around who accesses treatment and why, how specialist and non-specialist services can best work together, if and how eating disorders progress between earlier and later ‘stages’, and what works best at different points. In this workshop we will consider a range of issues related to early intervention for eating disorders, hearing from specialists across primary care, psychiatry, psychology and education.

We will explore what the field of eating disorders can learn from other areas where early intervention is more firmly embedded, consider how brief interventions and technology might help to tackle the huge demands on services, and explore what role primary care and education can play. In three inter-related sessions we will hear brief presentations followed by Q&A involving lived experience panellists. You will have the chance to pose questions and explore the current research and practice evidence around early intervention for eating disorders.

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