The Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program (CEDP) at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the only comprehensive eating disorder program in Northern California that provides inpatient interdisciplinary specialty care for medically compromised children and adolescents with eating disorders, in addition to comprehensive outpatient services. The program, which has been treating patients successfully for more than 35 years, is directed jointly by the Stanford School of Medicine’s Division of Adolescent Medicine and Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Although most patients are from the Bay Area, the CEDP’s positive outcomes draw referrals from several western states.
An Expert Team
An internationally recognized team of adolescent medicine specialists and child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists work together to ensure that all patients and their families receive the highest level of comprehensive and evidence-based care. Staff members also include teachers; social workers; recreational, occupational, and physical therapists; dietitians; and psychiatrically and medically trained nurses. Teams collaborate to ensure that children can return to their normal lives as easily as possible.
Treatments provided by the CEDP at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford are based on the latest developments in the field and rely on the best medical evidence for safe and effective care. Treatment options for both inpatients and outpatients include:
• Diagnostic evaluation (medical and psychiatric)
• Medical management to prevent or detect complications
• Nutritional assessment and management
• Evaluation of growth and development
• Assessment and management of reduced bone mass and osteoporosis
• Psychiatric medication evaluation and monitoring
• Evidence-based individual and family psychotherapy, including:
- Individual therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Family-based treatment
• Coordination with school
• Innovative treatments
• Group and milieu treatments
Packard Children’s outpatient medical and psychiatric clinics provide evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa, bulimia, ARFID and other eating disorders. The Adolescent Medicine clinic provides medical assessment and monitoring and nutritional counseling. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry clinic provides individual and family psychological assessments and scientifically supported psychotherapies, including Family-Based Therapy (FBT-Maudsley-type), individual therapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and adolescent focused individual therapy).
The inpatient Comprehensive Care Program is a 15-bed unit that uses a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of eating disorders. Patients who are medically compromised as a result of their eating disorder are admitted into this program.
The Comprehensive Care Program is designed to evaluate and treat medical disorders resulting from abnormal eating – disorders that may affect a patient’s heart, bones, liver, kidneys, brain, reproductive system and other organs. The program focuses on preventing long-term and life-threatening complications, and provides evaluation and treatment of these eating disorders and the psychiatric conditions that often accompany them, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. On average, the staff has more than 10 years of working with eating disorder patients.