This 18-month project sought to help physicians and residents of rural and remote communities better prevent and treat eating disorders close to home. It involved 30 communities and 385 participants. Organizers convened a committee of regional advisers on a monthly basis, used surveys to investigate community needs and resources, and then prepared and offered a variety of multi-day training sessions on prevention, intervention, and therapy. The study suggests a theoretical framework that could be integrated into a provincial/federal policy on eating disorders. The framework describes and promotes a more comprehensive and integrated approach to prevention, intervention, therapy, and diagnosis, and it makes the case for more resources for treating eating disorders.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.