Assessing implementation fidelity in the First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders service model

Katie Richards*, Michaela Flynn, Amelia Austin, Katie Lang, Karina Allen, Ranjeet Bassi, Danielle Glennon, Nina Grant, Ulrike Schmidt

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background The First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) service model is associated with significant reductions in wait times and improved clinical outcomes for emerging adults with recent-onset eating disorders. An understanding of how FREED is implemented is a necessary precondition to enable an attribution of these findings to key components of the model, namely the wait-time targets and care package. Aims This study evaluated fidelity to the FREED service model during the multicentre FREED-Up study. Method Participants were 259 emerging adults (aged 16-25 years) with an eating disorder of <3 years duration, offered treatment through the FREED care pathway. Patient journey records documented patient care from screening to end of treatment. Adherence to wait-time targets (engagement call within 48 h, assessment within 2 weeks, treatment within 4 weeks) and care package, and differences in adherence across diagnosis and treatment group were examined. Results There were significant increases (16-40%) in adherence to the wait-time targets following the introduction of FREED, irrespective of diagnosis. Receiving FREED under optimal conditions also increased adherence to the targets. Care package use differed by component and diagnosis. The most used care package activities were psychoeducation and dietary change. Attention to transitions was less well used. Conclusions This study provides an indication of adherence levels to key components of the FREED model. These adherence rates can tentatively be considered as clinically meaningful thresholds. Results highlight aspects of the model and its implementation that warrant future examination.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere98
JournalBJPsych Open
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing implementation fidelity in the First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders service model'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this