Navigating Primary Healthcare: A Family's Guide

Eating disorders can have serious medical consequences, and families are often unclear about what medical assessments their loved one needs, or how to interpret the results. Many families do not have access to a physician trained to treat patients with eating disorders, and may need to be specific and clear when communicating with a primary care physician about the needs of their loved ones. Navigating the healthcare system can be confusing enough, and taking into account the needs of a person struggling with an eating disorder can create overwhelming stress, and a sense of disconnection from health care professionals. This session will help families understand their loved one's medical needs, the role of medical professionals as part of the treatment team, and give participants the tools they need to advocate for appropriate care by becoming collaborative, proactive members of the treatment team.