The PREVI Eating Disorders Unit is composed of a clinical team with more than 15 years of experience in clinical assistance, research and teaching in the field of the eating disorders.
The evaluation and treatment are approached from a bio-psycho-social perspective. This attentional structure makes it possible to simultaneously put into motion a large variety of human, technical and therapeutic resources adapted to the needs of each patient.
The psychological evaluation and treatment strategies that we use are backed by rigorous scientific research (Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures, 1993), approached from a cognitive-behavioural perspective.
In the case of the ED, the treatment programme that has obtained the greatest empirical support to date is the Transdiagnostic Protocol for Eating Disorders by Fairburn, Cooper & Shafran (2003).
PREVI offers an individualized, integral and multidisciplinary treatment (psychological, psychiatric, family, socio-labour reinsertion treatment, etc.) for people who suffer from an ED and for their families.
We consider it necessary to have an integral intervention strategy that favours the continuity of the treatment. The duration of the ED treatments is generally long and in some cases requires the use of different attentional facilities. The necessary therapeutic modality varies according to the severity of the disorder, as indicated by the American Psychiatric Association (APA).
In the less severe case, individual outpatient therapy is used, combined with specific group therapy for the ED and/or family psychotherapy. However, in cases with more severe symptomatology outpatient treatment is not sufficient, and treatment in the Day Clinic or Residential Unit (24h attention) is recommended and/or necessary.
One of the basic objectives is to provide patients with the least intrusive intervention possible, that is, favouring patients’ autonomy in the different areas of their lives as much as possible. For this reason, it is advisable for the stays to be as brief as possible, and when the state of the patient permits it, continue the treatment on an outpatient basis.