While searching for articles for a paper I'm writing, I came across something I found interesting. I've included it under the cut, but for those of you who have time for just a skim read, I'll summarise:
The article outlines a study done on the weight-gain of two sets of patients: 23 patients recovering at in inpatient facility, & 23 recovering through an intensive outpatient program. Mean length of illness, age, age of onset, & percentage of body weight lost were matched. The outcome showed that the patients treated within an inpatient facility re-gained weight faster than their counterparts; no surprises. The interesting point is that the outpatients gained back only 1.4% of their bodyweight (as opposed to 15% in the inpatient group), & some even lost weight: thus, treatment on an outpatient basis may be even longer & more costly than on an inpatient basis.
Now, I'm from Australia, & I haven't had many problems with insurance companies covering inpatient treatment. However, I've heard from alot of you from America that insurance is a bit of a joke when it comes to eating disorders. So, my question is: firstly, have you had any problems getting insurance for inpatient treatment for your eating disorder?
& secondly, for those of you treated as outpatients, do you think it is as effective as inpatient treatment?( Collapse )