FROM THE DAILY SCAN: REDUCING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON PEOPLE WITH EATING DISORDERS
February 1 to 7 is Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Week (PEDAW), a BC-wide campaign to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders. To mark this year’s PEDAW, the Daily Scan is spotlighting how COVID-19 has affected people living with eating disorders and the steps the St. Paul’s Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program took to adapt how it delivers care.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many people, but for current and former patients of St. Paul’s Provincial Adult Tertiary Eating Disorders Program, the lack of certain foods due to supply chain disruptions and changes to routines have caused high levels of stress and an increase in symptoms. These symptoms were exacerbated in the early days of the pandemic when the program had to close its inpatient unit and its residential outpatient program for several months.
“When the inpatient unit was closed, more patients were admitted to medical units in other parts of hospital system,” says Dr. Theo Elfers, psychologist in the Eating Disorders Program and Psychology professional practice leader.
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