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A preliminary description of the use of ‘Relapse Management Cards’ in anorexia nervosa

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This paper describes the preliminary and novel use of ‘Relapse Management Cards’ in a group of inpatients with a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa. During the study period, 41 patients completed ‘Relapse Management Cards’ during facilitated family meetings. The patient generated the information contained in the card. Cross-sectional analysis of the data contained in the cards provides information on plans to prevent relapse, signs of relapse and plans in the event of relapse. Certain parts of the ‘Relapse Management Cards’ were more frequently completed than other parts. Early experience suggests that ‘Relapse Management Cards’ may be an effective way of eliciting patients' ideas on care after discharge. There is increasing interest in the use of advance directives in psychiatry to which the ‘Relapse Management Card’ has relevance. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

Keywords: advance directives; anorexia nervosa; crisis cards; management of eating disorders; relapse management cards; relapse of anorexia nervosa

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: * 2: Eating Disorders Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK

Publication date: 2002-07-01

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