Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa 101 for Care Advocates
Anorexia nervosa greatly impacts affected individuals’ quality of life and can severely disrupt eating behaviors and mental health, thoughts, and emotions. While eating disorders affect approximately 28.8 million individuals over their lifetime, only 33.8 percent of those with anorexia nervosa seek treatment. Because anorexia is linked with increased rates of suicide and death, increased awareness and appropriate screening, as well as timely high-quality treatment, are essential. This activity will provide education about the current statistics, incidence, and indicators of anorexia and examine the populations at increased risk for this illness. It will elaborate on the mental health effects of this disease and the relationship between diagnosis, treatment, and positive health outcomes. Interventional strategies, both preventive and treatment-based, will be discussed and will include a focus on the responsibilities and stressors that affect caregivers. Best practices that include improved communication among health care professionals, support for caregivers, and the integration of social/community support services will also be examined.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Behavioral Health.
There was no commercial support received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors and therapists who are interested in learning about pertinent topics in behavioral health, including current trends, concerns, data, and influencing factors surrounding mental health outcomes.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Review current statistics for anorexia nervosa, including incidence, indicators, populations at increased risk, and correlations with mental health status.
- Recognize the treatment options available to patients with anorexia nervosa and the relationship between diagnosis/treatment and health outcomes.
- Identify interventions and best practices that improve patient outcomes, including therapeutic strategies, counseling, and support for the caregiver.
- Discuss preventive strategies for care advocates (including HCPs, family, and community members) such as increasing awareness of risk factors and improving communication with and within the health care team as well as with family, caregivers, and social/community support services.
Lee H. Becker, MD
Behavioral Medical Director for the Northeast Region Team
Elizabeth V. Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
LaRhonda Jones, MD
ECS-Senior Behavioral Medical Director – Central Region
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Behavioral Health. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 enduring continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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