F.E.A.S.T. became one of the first eating disorders organizations to endorse the Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science Consensus Statement today.
This statement, which says in part, “Evidence-based practice begins with consideration of the best available basic and applied empirical research evidence when making decisions about mental and behavioral health services” is a step forward in the important work of moving from myths and assumptions to evidence-based practices.
One of our Founding Principles says “Patients should receive evidence-based treatment, when available.”
Families seeking mental health care for an unwell loved one deserve to know that the care they are offered is well-grounded and effective. Where there is evidence, we expect it to be used in decision-making. Where evidence is sparse, we expect it to be pursued. Our loved ones deserve the best chance at robust recovery and leading their full lives.
F.E.A.S.T. CEO, Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, announced the agreement saying “We do not believe there is a single solution for any diagnosis. We do believe starting with science-literate training and treatment is the best way forward.”