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UNDERSTANDING THE DISEASE AND GETTING HELP FOR YOUR PATIENTS

Successful treatment & recovery depends on comprehensive, integrated, coordinated and collaborative care.

What do I need to do to quickly refer my patient for treatment?
Who does The Healing Connection Treat?
How can The Healing Connection help my patient?
Does my patient have an eating disorder?


What do I need to do to quickly refer my patient for treatment?

To make a referral, please call our office manager at 585-641-0281.

The requirements for intake evaluation are:

 

  • A physical exam within the past 30 days
  • Lab work within the past 2 weeks
  • A signed statement from the primary medical provider that the patient is medically cleared for participation in the program

 

 

Regular medical follow up by the Primary Care Physician are required during a patient's partial hospitalization program stay.

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Who does The Healing Connection Treat?
The Healing Connection provides eating disorder treatment to:

  • Males and females
  • Adolescents (12+) and adults of all ages
  • Individuals diagnosed with:
    • Anorexia Nervosa (AN)
    • Bulimia Nervosa (BN)
    • Binge Eating Disorder (BED)
    • Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder

The Healing Connection offers Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs.

Learn more about the various levels of eating disorder treatment.

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How can The Healing Connection help my patient?

  • The Healing Connection provides developmentally-appropriate care that is responsive to the patient's physical and mental health needs. Our team works closely with the patient's primary care provider throughout the program stay and collaborates with the patient's outpatient team to ensure smooth transition to community living.
  • Treatments delivered at The Healing Connection are reflective of best practices informed by the best evidence available from clinical trials and contemporary clinical wisdom. This care is delivered by an expert and specialty-trained multidisciplinary team committed to interdisciplinary collaboration. Learn more about our team.

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Does my patient have an eating disorder?

According to the American Psychiatric Association's Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, practitioners should recommend treatment when patients present with the following symptoms:

 

  • Weight changes of concern
  • Rapid or persistent decline in food intake
  • Inability to decrease eating disorder symptoms (purging, restricting, diet pills, laxative, diuretic, or emetic use, excessive or compulsive exercising, binge eating, etc.)
  • Decreasing ability to function in daily responsibilities
  • Lack of support system; dysfunctional support system
  • Ambivalent or uncooperative with treatment recommendations

Medical Complications including but not limited to the following may indicate a need for intensive treatment:

 

  • Unable to maintain adequate weight
  • Acute weight decline with food refusal
  • Dehydration
  • Amenorrhea or oligomenorrhea in females

For additional information, see the Academy for Eating Disorders Report 2016 - Eating Disorders: A Guide to Medical Care - Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders. www.aedweb.org

 

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