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Well-Being Workshops in Eating Disorder Wards and Their Perceived Benefits to Patients and the Multi-Disciplinary Team: A Pilot Study

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Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychological Medicine, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK
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South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation, London BR3 3BX, UK
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Department of Psychology, Illia State University, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia
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Brain Sci. 2019, 9(10), 247; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9100247
Received: 2 September 2019 / Revised: 18 September 2019 / Accepted: 20 September 2019 / Published: 23 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Psychotherapeutic Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa)
A more holistic definition of patients’ recovery from eating disorders (EDs) highlights that well-being interventions linked to self-compassion are under-researched and under-utilised. Staff burnout is also common in ED units (EDUs), linked to difficult relationships with patients and poor self-care, and is not well addressed. Therefore we piloted a series of joint well-being workshops to target these issues. Joint workshops were offered to patients (n = 55) and the multi-disciplinary team MDT (n = 34) in adult ED wards over two years. Experiences were evaluated quantitively and qualitatively. Mood post-workshops increased significantly for both groups (patients: p < 0.001, r = 0.49; MDT: z = 3.043, p = 0.002, r = 0.41), with the feeling that they deserved to take time for self-care (patients: z = 2.419, p = 0.016, r = 0.31); MDT: z = 2.814, p = 0.005, r = 0.38). Workshops were found to be enjoyable and highly relevant to well-being, but less useful by patients. Thematic analysis identified six themes: Enjoyment, recovery and well-being, relationships, content, structure and future ideas. Both groups experienced improved mood and increased enjoyment and awareness of well-being. Patient isolation was addressed, and the staff experienced stress reduction and increased productivity. Both groups experienced improved relationships. View Full-Text
Keywords: well-being; anorexia nervosa; eating disorders; recovery model; burnout well-being; anorexia nervosa; eating disorders; recovery model; burnout
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Smith, K.; Dandil, Y.; Baillie, C.; Tchanturia, K. Well-Being Workshops in Eating Disorder Wards and Their Perceived Benefits to Patients and the Multi-Disciplinary Team: A Pilot Study. Brain Sci. 2019, 9, 247. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9100247

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Smith K, Dandil Y, Baillie C, Tchanturia K. Well-Being Workshops in Eating Disorder Wards and Their Perceived Benefits to Patients and the Multi-Disciplinary Team: A Pilot Study. Brain Sciences. 2019; 9(10):247. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9100247

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Smith, Katherine, Yasemin Dandil, Claire Baillie, and Kate Tchanturia. 2019. "Well-Being Workshops in Eating Disorder Wards and Their Perceived Benefits to Patients and the Multi-Disciplinary Team: A Pilot Study" Brain Sciences 9, no. 10: 247. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci9100247

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