Glossary of Terms
Below is a list of commonly used terms or phrases you may come across on EDTAC.ORG or while engaged in the treatment. If you feel we missed anything please don’t hesitate to contact us & let us know.
- CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits treatment programs.
- The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is the largest accrediting body of health care services across all specialties.
Facilities that meet accreditation standards have demonstrated a commitment to being among the best treatment facilities in the world. Accrediting bodies have higher standards than state licensing requirements as well as guidelines for ongoing improvement. Accreditation is a rigorous process that includes a thorough review of the program’s structure, practices, clinical programming and outcomes. Facilities that are granted accreditation meet internationally accepted standards of quality and are committed to individualized treatment and client satisfaction.
Programs listed as “Dual Diagnosis Only” do not provide treatment for ED’s alone. Services are provided to individuals who struggle with an ED as well as one other speciality area such as Substance Abuse, Trauma or Self Injury
- Medical Stabilization/Refeeding (acute care)
- Inpatient (IP)
- Residential (RTC)
- Partial Hospital Programs (PHP)
- Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
- Medical Models are often appropriate for medically or psychologically compromised patients. The primary focus is weigh restoration and medical stabilization, Most of these programs are found on inpatient units within larger hospital settings and length of stay tends to be shorter than other models.
- Person Centered/Holistic programs focus on the whole person, not weight restoration alone, these programs tend to have more experiential treatment options such as drama or equine therapy and length of stay tends to be longer than other models.
- Treat to Outcome Programs focus on the end result, these programs make a commitment to the patient to follow them throughout their care and recovery. Because of the nature of the treat to outcome philosophy length of stay may be the longest of all models.
- Research Models are often hospital based programs (much like medical models) offered free of charge for patients who meet their current research requirements. These programs can be hard to get into and length of stay varies by patient need and study protocol.
- Hospital Based ~ Usually this is a program that is either located within a hospital or one of it’s satellite locations.
- Residential/Neighborhood ~ Usually a program is located in a private home in a neighborhood setting.
- Stand Alone ~ Usually refers to programs who’s locations are either remote or in other commercial settings such as a business park.
- Mixed Unit ~ Refers to a setting where patients with Eating Disorder’s come into frequent contact with patients who do not have an ED diagnosis, this could include shared groups, dorms, and/or meal settings.
- For Profit ~ Organizations are formed to conduct a number of business activities including the development of a treatment program. The primary reason to form a for-profit organization is to earn a profit for the owners of the company. Common positive feedback for these programs suggest that they often have more resources to provide a comfortable treatment experience, while negative feedback often relates to a programs early discharging of patients who’s lack funds for continued care.
- Not for Profit ~ Organizations are formed for the common good of the public. Nonprofit organizations are usually formed for some specific religious, charitable or educational purpose. Common positive feedback for these programs suggest that they welcome patients who might otherwise be denied much needed care at other facilities due to lack of funds while negative feedback often relates to restricted programming or a lack of resources which may or may not impact care.
- University Based/Research ~ University and Research Based programs are a form of not for profit organizations where the primary goal is to obtain data from patients in return for free care, similar to non-profits positive feedback for these programs suggest that they welcome patients who might otherwise be denied much needed care at other facilities due to lack of funds. Negative feedback often relates to restricted programming specifically where research protocols are involved and/or a lack of resources which may or may not impact care.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Art Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dance Movement Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Equine Assisted Therapy
- Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP)
- Family Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Maudsley Method
- Trauma Therapy