Next Article in Journal
Behavioral and Electrophysiological Arguments in Favor of a Relationship between Impulsivity, Risk-Taking, and Success on the Iowa Gambling Task
Next Article in Special Issue
The Role of the Embodiment Disturbance in the Anorexia Nervosa Psychopathology: A Network Analysis Study
Previous Article in Journal
Depressive Symptoms among Economically Disadvantaged African American Older Adults in South Los Angeles
Previous Article in Special Issue
Self-Esteem Group: Useful Intervention for Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa?
Open AccessArticle

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

1
Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Psychological Medicine, King’s College London, London SE5 8AF, UK
2
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation, London BR3 3BX, UK
3
Department of Psychology, Illia State University, Tbilisi 0162, Georgia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
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
MDPI and ACS Style

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.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop