COVID-19 Latest information

COVID-19 Latest information

COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus, is an infectious disease causing a current global pandemic. NEDC and our partners are working to support the eating disorder community in accessing accurate and timely information, particularly as it relates to the experience and treatment of eating disorders at this time.

The NEDC contributed to the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Pandemic Response Plan, which was released on 15 May with the unanimous support of the National Cabinet. It is available for download from the National Mental Health Commission’s website.

As the national experience of and response to COVID-19 continues to unfold, NEDC will continue to share useful information about COVID-19 for the eating disorder community both here and on social media. Please see a list of curated links below, and check back regularly.

 

Information for people with lived experience and their supports

Survey on COVID-19 and eating disorders, Inside Out

Advice for athletes, NEDC-AIS partnership

Advice for people with an eating disorder and their loved ones, InsideOut

COVID-19 and eating disorders information from Eating Disorders Victoria (EDV)

Tips and advice for people with an eating disorder from the Butterfly Foundation

COVID-19 support from the Department of Health

Information updates from Eating Disorders Queensland (EDQ)

Advice for parents, families and caregivers from F.E.A.S.T.

Tips and advice from BEAT UK

 

Information for health and other helping professionals

NEDC CHEAT SHEET: Temporary Telehealth item numbers Medicare

Advice for coaches and performance support staff, NEDC-AIS partnership

Useful advice for eating disorder clinicians from ANZAED

Key resources for primary care practictioners and mental health services and clinicians from The Victorian Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED)

A practical guide to setting up your practice to deliver telehealth services from Mental Health Online

30-minute online training module for health care workers from the Australian Government Department of Health

 

Further reading

Baenas, I., Caravaca‐Sanz, E., Granero, R., Sánchez, I., Riesco, N., Testa, G., ... & Fernández‐Aranda, F. (2020). COVID‐19 and eating disorders during confinement: Analysis of factors associated with resilience and aggravation of symptoms. European Eating Disorders Review, 28(6), 855-863. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2771

Brooks, S. K., Webster, R. K., Smith, L. E., Woodland, L., Wessely, S., Greenberg, N., & Rubin, G. J. (2020). The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence. The Lancet, 395(10227), 912-920. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30460-8

Castellini, G., Cassioli, E., Rossi, E., Innocenti, M., Gironi, V., Sanfilippo, G., Felciai, F., Monteleone, A. M., & Ricca, V. (2020). The impact of COVID‐19 epidemic on eating disorders: A longitudinal observation of pre versus post psychopathological features in a sample of patients with eating disorders and a group of healthy controls. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(11), 1855-1862. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23368

Clark Bryan, D., Macdonald, P., Ambwani, S., Cardi, V., Rowlands, K., Willmott, D., & Treasure, J. (2020). Exploring the ways in which COVID‐19 and lockdown has affected the lives of adult patients with anorexia nervosa and their carers. European Eating Disorders Review, 28(6), 826-835. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2762

Cooper, M., Reilly, E. E., Siegel, J. A., Coniglio, K., Sadeh-Sharvit, S., Pisetsky, E., & Anderson, L. (2020). Eating disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic: An overview of risks and recommendations for treatment and early intervention. Eating Disorders. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10640266.2020.1790271

Graell, M., Morón‐Nozaleda, M. G., Camarneiro, R., Villaseñor, Á., Yáñez, S., Muñoz, R., ... & Faya, M. (2020). Children and adolescents with eating disorders during COVID‐19 confinement: Difficulties and future challenges. European Eating Disorders Review, 28(6), 864-870. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2763

Haripersad, Y. V., Kannegiesser-Bailey, M., Morton, K., Skeldon, S., Shipton, N., Edwards, K., ... & Martin, A. C. (2020). Outbreak of anorexia nervosa admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 0(1). http://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2020-319868

Jones, P. D., Gentin, A., Clarke, J., & Arakkakunnel, J. (2020). Eating disorders double and acute respiratory infections tumble in hospitalised children during the 2020 COVID shutdown on the Gold Coast. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpc.15248

Keel, P. K., Gomez, M. M., Harris, L., Kennedy, G. A., Ribeiro, J., & Joiner, T. E. (2020). Gaining "The Quarantine 15:" Perceived versus observed weight changes in college students in the wake of COVID-19. International Journal of Eating Disorders53(11), 1801–1808. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23375

McCombie, C., Austin, A., Dalton, B., Lawrence, V., & Schmidt, U. (2020). “Now It's Just Old Habits and Misery”–Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people with current or life-time eating disorders: a qualitative study. Frontiers in Psychiatry11, 589225. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.589225

Matheson, B. E., Bohon, C., & Lock, J. (2020). Family‐based treatment via videoconference: Clinical recommendations for treatment providers during COVID‐19 and beyond. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(7), 1142-1154. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23326

Papandreou, C., Arija, V., Aretouli, E., Tsilidis, K. K., & Bulló, M. (2020). Comparing eating behaviours, and symptoms of depression and anxiety between Spain and Greece during the COVID‐19 outbreak: Cross‐sectional analysis of two different confinement strategies. European Eating Disorders Review, 28(6), 836-846. https://doi.org/10.1002/erv.2772

Phillipou, A., Meyer, D., Neill, E., Tan, E. J., Toh, W. L., Van Rheenen, T. E., & Rossell, S. L. (2020). Eating and exercise behaviors in eating disorders and the general population during the COVID‐19 pandemic in Australia: Initial results from the COLLATE project. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(7), 1158-1165. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23317

Rodgers, R. F., Lombardo, C., Cerolini, S., Franko, D. L., Omori, M., Fuller‐Tyszkiewicz, M., ... & Guillaume, S. (2020). The impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on eating disorder risk and symptoms. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(7), 1166-1170. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23318

Sansom-Daly, U. M., Wakefield, C. E., McGill, B. C., Wilson, H. L., & Patterson, P. (2016). Consensus among international ethical guidelines for the provision of videoconferencing-based mental health treatments. JMIR Mental Health3(2), e17. https://doi.org/10.2196/mental.5481

Scharmer, C., Martinez, K., Gorrell, S., Reilly, E. E., Donahue, J. M., & Anderson, D. A. (2020). Eating disorder pathology and compulsive exercise during the COVID‐19 public health emergency: Examining risk associated with COVID‐19 anxiety and intolerance of uncertainty. International Journal of Eating Disorders. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23395

Simpson, S. G., & Reid, C. L. (2014). Therapeutic alliance in videoconferencing psychotherapy: A review. Australian Journal of Rural Health22(6), 280-299. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12149

Smith, K., Ostinelli, E., Macdonald, O., & Cipriani, A. (2020). COVID-19 and Telepsychiatry: development of evidence-based guidance for clinicians. JMIR Mental Health7(8), e21108. https://doi.org/10.2196/21108

Smith, A. C., Thomas, E., Snoswell, C. L., Haydon, H., Mehrotra, A., Clemensen, J., & Caffery, L. J. (2020). Telehealth for global emergencies: Implications for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare26(5), 309–313. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X20916567

Taylor, C. B., Fitzsimmons‐Craft, E. E., & Graham, A. K. (2020). Digital technology can revolutionize mental health services delivery: The COVID‐19 crisis as a catalyst for change. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(7), 1155-1157. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23300

Waller, G., Pugh, M., Mulkens, S., Moore, E., Mountford, V. A., Carter, J., ... & Farrell, N. R. (2020). Cognitive‐behavioral therapy in the time of coronavirus: Clinician tips for working with eating disorders via telehealth when face‐to‐face meetings are not possible. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(7), 1132-1141. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23289

Weissman, R. S., Klump, K. L., & Rose, J. (2020). Conducting eating disorders research in the time of COVID‐19: A survey of researchers in the field. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53(7), 1171-1181. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23303

Zhou, X., Snoswell, C. L., Harding, L. E., Bambling, M., Edirippulige, S., Bai, X., & Smith, A. C. (2020). The role of telehealth in reducing the mental health burden from COVID-19. Telemedicine and e-Health, 26(4), 377-379. https://doi.org/10.1089/tmj.2020.0068

  

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