Clinical Practice Guidelines

Here, you will find evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for the treatment and management of eating disorders to help you to inform your clinical judgment and make appropriate decisions about how to best treat and manage your eating disorder patients.

Each of the titles below is a link to the relevant guideline. Please hover your mouse over the heading and click on the link.

Eating Disorders – Core Interventions in the Treatment and Management of Eating Disorders (NICE Guidelines) (Online Learning resource)

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) National Clinical Practice Guidelines for core interventions in the treatment and management of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and related eating disorders.

Refeeding Guideline (Online Learning resource)

This resource from MH-Kids provides an overview of refeeding options and the key points to consider for oral refeeding, oral supplements, naso-gastric feeding, nutritional requirements, managing meals and snacks as well as refeeding case studies, a meal plan template and an example meal plan. However, please note the refeeding recommendations presented by the CHW which state that refeeding should be commenced at a  higher calorie amount than is recommended here.

Guidelines for the Inpatient Management of Adult Eating Disorders (Online Learning resource)

CEDD guidelines for inpatient adult admissions.

Mental Health for Emergency Departments – A Reference Guide

A 2009 NSW Health mental health Emergency Department reference guide containing information to assist emergency department staff and other clinicians in their care for people experiencing emergency mental health problems, including eating disorders.

MH Kids Eating Disorders Toolkit – A Practice-Based Guide to the Inpatient Management of Adolescents with Eating Disorders (Online Learning resource)

A 2008 NSW Health practice-based guide developed to provide practical information on key components of the inpatient management of adolescents with eating disorders, with special reference to regional and rural areas.

RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2005 clinical practice guidelines in psychiatry for the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Please click HERE to view the consumer guide which accompany the guidelines.

Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders

Academy for Eating Disorders 2012 document developed as a resource a resource to promote recognition and prevention of medical morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.

Fitness Australia Guidelines: Identifying and Managing Members with Eating Disorders and Excessive Exercise Problems

A collaborative project between Fitness First and the Centre for Eating & Dieting Disorders for Fitness Australia. This 2004 policy document has been designed to assist managers, personal trainers and instructors to work effectively with gym members who are at risk of developing (or who have developed) an eating disorder or exercise disorder, in order to sensitively and appropriately address issues of health and safety.

Ausdance National 2010 Guidelines

A 2010 Ausdance National fact sheet which outlines the causes and warning signs of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, with particular regard to young dancers and the role that dance teachers can play in acknowledging and dealing with this complex disorder.

Mental Health First Aid Eating Disorders Guidelines

Eating disorders first aid guidelines for assisting adults, developed by the Mental Health First Aid Training and Research Program, 2008, designed to help members of the public to provide first aid to someone who is developing or experiencing an eating disorder. The role of the first aider is to assist the person until appropriate professional help is received.

Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) MARSIPAN: Management of Really Sick Patients with Anorexia Nervosa

A 2010 report from the MARSIPAN group, Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists and Physicians, London, which provides guidelines for the assessment, admission, and medical, nutritional and psychiatric management of patients with severe anorexia nervosa.

American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines

The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the treatment of patients with eating disorders.

Clinical Practice Guidlelines for British Columbia Eating Disorders Continuum of Services

Multidisciplinary clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of children, youth and adults with eating disorders across the
continuum of care in British Columbia.