Using "The Maudsley Method" for services treating Adult Eating Disorders on the NHS.

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Eating Disorders cause more loss of life than any other form of psychological illness, and are becoming more common than ever before. Over the last 30-40 years, it is estimated that there are over 1.6 million people suffering from diagnosed or undiagnosed eating disorders throughout the UK.

Eating Disorder statistics 2017

1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder
11% of the 1.6 million are male
14-25 year olds are most affected by an eating disorder
1 in 100 women aged between 15 and 30, are affected by anorexia.

The treatment for Eating Disorders on the NHS in the UK are dated. The methods used are often intrusive.

As a mother of an adult daughter who has suffered from Anorexia Nervosa for 6yrs, I have been researching "The Maudsley Method", which is a method used to treat adolescents. The success rates of this method are astounding, which got me thinking this could be used with adult sufferers and not just adolescents.

I would like this method to be researched and considered using as a standard method to treat not only adolescents, but also adults as part of an Eating Disorder treatment plan on the NHS.

Maudsley family therapy also known as family-based treatment or Maudsley approach, is a family therapy for the treatment of anorexia nervosa devised by Christopher Dare and colleagues at the Maudsley Hospital in London. A comparison of family to individual therapy was conducted with eighty anorexia patients. The study showed family therapy to be the more effective approach in patients under 18 and within 3 years of the onset of their illness. Subsequent research confirmed the efficacy of family-based treatment for teens with anorexia nervosa. Family-based treatment has been adapted for bulimia nervosa and showed promising results in a randomized controlled trial comparing it to supportive individual therapy.

Maudsley Family Therapy is an evidenced-based approach to the treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa whose efficacy has been supported by empirical research.