Doctors are learning about eating disorders: will this help you?
- Category: Healing Resources
The American Medical Association, AMA, released a new and first of its kind CME granting online class for doctors. It's designed to teach them to be more effective in communicating with patients about eating disorders as well as achieving earlier detection and intervention. What do you think of what is being presented to doctors? Would you like your doctor to take this class? See it here. *(speakers listed below).The National Eating Disorders Association, NEDA, encouraged the AMA to create this class. The AMA created "Screening and Managing Eating Disorders in Primary Practice" and agreed to energetically make it available to doctors. How does what this class teaches relate to your experience with doctors?
In your conversations with your doctor, past or present, about eating disorders:
- Do you feel understood?
- Do you feel respected?
- Does your doctor recommend a diet?
- Dioes your doctor make judgements about your weight?
- Does your doctor prescribe medication?
- Does your doctor recommend exercise?
- Does your doctor convey knowledge and hope?
- Does your doctor know about resources available to you?
- Does your doctor refer you to mental health clinicians with eating disorder expertise?
- Do you feel safe talking about your eating disorder?
The objectives of the class are that when doctors complete the hourse they are able to:
- Describe the basic diagnostic criteria for bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa (both restricting and purging subtypes), and binge eating disorder
- Recognize the high morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders
- Identify the primary care physician’s role in prevention and treatment
- Identify resources and tools to screen patients for eating disorders, and for appropriate referral
- Acknowledge the role of hope of recovery for the patient
- Inform patients and their families, with confidence, that there are effective treatments for the disorder
Do you wish your doctor had taken or will take this class? Did you learn something valuable by taking it?
I like the idea of doctors having informative reading material available for their patients. I'd love it if a copy of Healing Your Hungry Heart: recovering from your eating disorder, were in every primary care physician's waiting room. I wonder, how could that happen? Any suggestions? :)
Do you believe your recovery work would have been affected or still could be affected if your doctor had the information presented in this course?
Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSHM, FAED, CEDS
Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services
Eating Recovery Center, Denver, Colorado
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD
Assistant Medical Director, ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders
Hospitalist, Denver Health
Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado