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Eating disorder virtual intensive outpatient program: patient satisfaction according to age group

March 12, 2024
Taylor & Francis Group
Virtual treatment has been popular among kids and teens and, until now, it’s been unclear how comfortable middle-aged patients are with the telehealth format. This new study from our research team shows adults 40+ recommend virtual care just as much as younger patients do.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has required a shift to telehealth services. However, not all patients are similarly satisfied with this shift, with some studies finding that midlife and older adults are less comfortable with telehealth. The current study examined patient satisfaction with a virtual intensive outpatient program (VIOP) for eating disorders (EDs) among 305 adults (ages 18–25, ages 26–39, and ages 40+), and compared adult satisfaction to satisfaction among children/adolescents (n = 33) receiving VIOP treatment between August 2020 and March 2022 from a large ED treatment facility.

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