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Thanksgiving: Giving thanks

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 23, 2011 at 2:00pm

I have a lot to give thanks for, great and small, and I bet you do too: for the soft, cold rain instead of icy roads, for the warm cup of coffee at the start of a hard day, for a season where oranges are fresh, for good books and seed catalogues…..

I give thanks this week for the continued good health of my children and grandchildren.
And while I cannot (yet) give thanks for the health of my husband, I give thanks for the physicians he has encountered who care enough to transplant him.…

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First Annual FEAST Conference

posted by Julie O'Toole on September 2, 2011 at 6:00pm

OK folks, as Laura Collins says:  “A new era of science-based, family inclusive and truly optimistic eating disorder treatment begins now.”

And it begins with the F.E.A.S.T. conference, the very first, in Alexandria, Virginia on November 3rd and 4th.

The keynote speaker is to be Dr Thomas Insel of the NIMH, perhaps the most prominent person to advocate the concept of anorexia nervosa as a brain disorder and to write an open letter to this effect.

This will not be another of the…

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What would Botboy do?

posted by Julie O'Toole on August 5, 2011 at 11:20pm

Even when thinking about eating disorders I can’t help but ask myself:  “wwbbd? --what would Botboy do?”
 
Who the heck is Botboy?
 
Well, the short answer is that Botboy is a social robot of my imagining, about whom I have written a book.  He is clever, dedicated, and in appearance looks something like a squarish metal human—but not too much. A longer, more significant answer is that he—and social robots like him—could be game-changing assistants of the future for people with chronic…

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5 Things to Look for in an Eating Disorder Program

posted by Morgan O'Toole-Smith on July 15, 2011 at 11:18pm

As Dr. O’Toole is away this week, I thought I would try to fill her rather roomy shoes and take a stab at this week’s blog. As CEO I’m often asked by parents and providers: what makes a good eating disorder treatment program? What specific criteria should one use to compare programs? What questions should one be asking?

And you won’t be asking these questions only of prospective treatment programs. These will come in handy talking to your insurance company, when they make the…

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Who is not a candidate for family-based eating disorder treatments?

posted by Julie O'Toole on July 9, 2011 at 12:12am

Who is not a candidate for family-based treatments (FBTs)? We don’t like to think about this question, and we like to talk about it openly even less.  As a community eating disorder professionals and families have for the most part only recently come to grips with the concept that family-based treatments are the most successful. They are – to date – the strongest tools in our treatment toolbox.  And because they can be so successful, we like to think that family-based treatments are…

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Vertical Integration of Eating Disorder Treatment

posted by Julie O'Toole on June 18, 2011 at 1:15am

There are many by-words in contemporary medicine and ever more coming along.  “Vertical integration” is one of them, but what exactly does it mean?

It means something that we have been doing at Kartini Clinic since 2000 and something we would like to refine further as we move into the future of care for children with eating disorders.  Once, vertical integration was an innovation, now it is becoming standard.  Vertical integration is a system of care where, as the patient moves…

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What does a good doctor look like?

posted by Julie O'Toole on May 28, 2011 at 1:10am

What is it that makes a good doctor?  The much vaunted ‘bedside manner’—what does it mean?  I think it’s the old “give a damn” factor at work, a factor I have reported on in earlier blogs here and here.  Good bedside manner is not suavity, not glad-handing, not telling a patient what they want to hear; it is something else entirely.

This blog is another one of my reports describing what it is like for the shoe to be on the other foot, so if you are only interested in reading about…

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