In June of 2007, Avalon Hills Residential Eating Disorder Program began collecting its initial outcome data. There are several objectives that we are hoping to achieve through this research.
· Increase our understanding of eating disorders and co-morbid disorders.
· Demonstrate to ourselves in a more systematic way what we already know– our program has a positive impact on the lives of our residents.
· Work to continually improve our treatment and verify that we have succeeded.
· Contribute to the national data pool on treatment of eating disorders. By adopting a standard set of assessment tools we may soon be able to collaborate with other treatment teams across the country to improve quality of treatment.
· Demonstrate that residential treatment is a worthwhile investment, with the hopes of improving insurance reimbursement.
· Improve the ability of clients and their families to select the treatment option that is best suited to their needs.
We would like to thank all of the residents and their families who have and continue to participate in this process with us. We recognize that this takes an enormous time commitment on their part. Their willingness to provide us with their responses up to a year after discharge is critical to our meeting the above goals.