Association of Pandemic With Adolescent, Young Adult Eating Disorder Care Volume

JAMA Pediatrics


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About The Study: There was a significant COVID-19 pandemic-related increase in both inpatient and outpatient volume of adolescent and young adult patients with eating disorders (EDs) at geographically diverse academic adolescent medicine programs, particularly in the first year of the pandemic. Given inadequate ED care availability prior to the pandemic, the increased post-pandemic demand will likely outstrip available resources. Results highlight the need to address ED workforce and program capacity issues as well as improve ED prevention strategies.

Authors: Sydney M. Hartman-Munick, M.D., of Boston Children’s Hospital, is the corresponding author.



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