Key stakeholder perspectives on primary care for young people with an eating disorder: A qualitative study

Malson, Helen, Tischner, Irmgard, Herzig, Hugh, Kitney, Danielle, Phillipps, Catherine, Norweg, Sanni, Moon, Jasmine, Holmes, Su, Wild, Katie and Oldham-Cooper, Rosie (2021) Key stakeholder perspectives on primary care for young people with an eating disorder: A qualitative study. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. ISSN 1052-9284

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Abstract

This paper examines the provision of primary care for young people with an eating disorder within the UK from the perspectives of three key stakeholder groups: young people with an eating disorder, carers of young people with an eating disorder and General Practitioners (GPs). 22 young people with an eating disorder (aged 16-25) and 10 carers completed qualitative questionnaires or participated in interviews about their experiences of seeking primary care from GPs. 41 GPs participated in either focus groups or interviews about delivering care to young people with eating disorders. Interviews and focus groups were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. All data were then analysed qualitatively using thematic analysis. Our analysis indicates that GPs often felt they lacked the necessary knowledge and/or resources to provide adequate support to young people with an eating disorder who they also often viewed as a ‘difficult’ patient group. Young people and carers expressed mixed but predominantly negative experiences, reporting that GPs often lacked adequate understanding of eating disorder, failed to take participants’ concerns seriously and delayed referring patients to specialist services. Our findings indicate a need for interventions that will improve primary care provision and access to appropriate support for young people with an eating disorder.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: eating disorders,carers,young people,general practitioners,primary care,general practitioners,primary care,eating disorders,qualitative research,young people,carers,social psychology,sociology and political science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3207
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 11:16
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2021 01:44
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81436
DOI: 10.1002/casp.2575

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