The aim of the study was to present data which may be useful in deciding the type of services needed for eating disorder (ED) patients in New South Wales (NSW).
The demographic and clinical characteristics of 155 patients consecutively admitted to a special ED unit at a major Sydney teaching hospital during the triennium 1989-1991 were documented and compared with relevant data from the State as a whole (709 admissions for ED to public facilities and 938 admissions for ED to private facilities during the same period).
The findings are discussed in the light of information from overseas studies.
Although a relatively large number of ED patients are admitted to hospitals in NSW, their short duration of stay suggests that many may receive inadequate treatment.
The unit in the Department of Psychiatry at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), the largest public ED service in NSW, provides a special service for these patients.
It is effective in bringing about nutritional restoration, with a duration of stay similar to those reported from centres overseas.
Most referrals are tertiary, and there is a high prevalence of physical morbidity indicating a need for access to general medical facilities.
Most serious physical complications occur in patients who can be identified by their chronicity and by the pattern of their behavioural disturbance.
These various factors are considered in the formulation of recommendations for rationalising the service.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble comportement alimentaire, Hospitalisation, Organisation santé, Service santé, Durée, Admission hôpital, Santé mentale, Homme, Australie, Océanie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Eating disorder, Hospitalization, Public health organization, Health service, Duration, Hospital admission, Mental health, Human, Australia, Oceania
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0398245
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 01/03/1996.