How do PHP eating disorder programs work?
PHP for eating disorders is a highly-structured day treatment program designed to provide extensive care while allowing patients to live and sleep at home. This program typically lasts up to six days per week, with treatment sessions lasting up to ten hours per day[^1]. Patients in PHP programs work closely with a multidisciplinary treatment team, including their primary care physician, therapist, psychiatrist, dietician, and other medical professionals involved in their recovery[^1]. Many patients transitioning from residential treatment continue working with the same treatment team during PHP[^1].
PHP eating disorder programs are typically recommended for individuals who still require professional interventions and support in their recovery journey. While these patients have often made progress towards healing, they may still benefit from a safe and supportive environment to address underlying issues and develop new coping mechanisms[^1]. Although participation is usually voluntary, patients are typically referred to the program by a healthcare provider or physician and may need to commit to attending a specific number of sessions[^4].
How are eating disorders treated with PHP?
Treatment in a PHP program is tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual. Depending on a patient’s medical history, symptom severity, and other factors, treatment may include:
- Individual therapy sessions
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Meal support and monitoring
- Medication management
- Regular medical check-ups[^5]
The structure of PHP treatment may resemble that of residential treatment, with routine therapy sessions, meal support, and medical check-ins. However, the treatment team closely monitors the patient’s progress and adjusts the schedule accordingly as they progress[^5].
PHP programs also offer additional services, such as comprehensive diagnostic assessments, coordination of medical services from various providers, medication management, and discharge planning to ensure the patient receives appropriate care after leaving the program[^5].
Effectiveness of PHP eating disorder treatment
PHP programs have shown to be effective in treating eating disorders. One study found that up to 49% of patients achieved either full or partial recovery by the end of their program, with 37% maintaining those standards at a year-long follow-up[^2]. Another study comparing residential programs to PHP programs indicated that PHPs are effective in maintaining symptom remission[^3]. Additionally, day programs, including PHP, have demonstrated effectiveness in helping children and adolescents restore body weight, reduce unhealthy eating patterns, and address associated mental health concerns[^6].
It is worth noting that the majority of these studies focused on patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). Further research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of PHP programs for other eating disorders, such as binge eating disorder (BED).
Eating disorder PHP programs at ProgramMatek
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