publication . Article . 2013

Active waiting list management: potential usefulness in a community eating disorders service

Jenkins, Paul E.; Turner, Hannah; Morton, Liz;
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  • Published: 23 Dec 2013 Journal: Eating Disorders, volume 22, pages 72-81 (issn: 1064-0266, eissn: 1532-530X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
We explored the usefulness of an initiative for managing a treatment waiting list in a community eating disorders service. We sent 108 patients awaiting treatment an opt-in letter and, if necessary, a reminder 3 weeks later. Those who opted in were compared with those who did not. Of those receiving the letter, 67.6% opted in and did not differ significantly from those who opted out on measures of eating disorder pathology and general functioning. However, they had waited less time. Opt-in letters may help to identify those who no longer want to access services, thereby allowing resources to be directed towards those who still want treatment.
Subjects
free text keywords: Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health, General Medicine, Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Waiting list, Eating disorders, medicine.disease, Psychology
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