Theme 5. Why hasn’t this expanded: scalable pilot programs
The length of time between a patient’s diagnosis of an eating disorder and entry into a formal eating disorders treatment program can be weeks to months. During that time, these patients are often medically unstable and in need of some type of immediate intervention. The goal of the ED Bridge Program is to offer support to any patient waiting for treatment at an eating disorders program by
The Markham FHT ED Bridge Program, supported by a Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, and Social Worker, uses a multidisciplinary approach to care in order to keep patients medically stable and out of hospital. The team helps to “bridge” the waiting time often associated with formal eating disorders programs, by initiating clinical and psychosocial interventions in a timely fashion. As FHT’s are similarly-resourced, attendees of this presentation could use this model to implement their own ED Bridge Program simply by following the steps covered by the IHP’s as outlined. Metrics, and most importantly how to set up your EMR to efficiently extract data, will be highlighted, as well as a “How to Build This Program” breakdown for the audience. The presentation will demonstrate to AFHTO members the practicality of the program and the tremendous potential in “scaling-up”.
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