A study based on follow-up questionnaires completed during first year after discharge

At Newbridge House, we are committed to assessing, understanding and publishing our outcomes data.

This data is a reflection from our patients during their first year after discharge. Questions include what treatments and support they found most helpful at Newbridge House, their BMI after discharge and engagement with outpatient services.

Questionnaires were sent to all patients after discharge and this data is compiled from the responses of ten patients.

Inevitably, as Newbridge House has capacity for 16 patients and length of stay currently averages 18 weeks, the sample size is relatively small.

Outcomes questionnaire – patient responses

Click the questions below to view how our patients responded.

Rachel Matthews:

“Every young person has a different response to therapies and will engage easily with some approaches but be resistant or find other approaches less helpful. Having a small sample size also means what we see is a reflection of the personal preferences of the group of patients contributing to the data.

“The strength of Newbridge is that as a specialist eating disorders unit, we offer a very broad range of treatment approaches. For example, one-to-one therapy may take the form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or psychotherapy. In the initial assessment process, we judge whether an individual is best suited to CBT or psychotherapy. We also have the flexibility, after treatment commences, of transferring a patient from one approach to the other if there is poor engagement.

“We strongly believe that all the different components of the treatment approach play their part in recovery, but it is important to reflect on and understand the ways in which patients respond differently to individual elements.”

Patient Most useful aspect of time at Newbridge
1 “CBT as it got to the root of the problem, and Occupational Therapy as it gets you back to normal life again.”
2 “Body Image, Weight and Shape in the Media and all Psychology groups helpful.”
3 “Being taught how to be flexible with food and eating out. Independent dining room so I learnt to eat on my own. The therapist helping me clear up and talk about my past problems that were preventing me getting better.”
4 “Occupational Therapy because it brought up challenges I hadn't faced in a long time like eating in cafes and it was also good to do these things socially. Also counselling sessions were very helpful.”
5 “All the group work and schooling. Being able to talk to the nurses about anything that you needed and how they could support you.”
6 “Psychotherapy because it was very private and felt like a safe space to talk about issues directly.”
7 “To learn how to find myself as a person and accept who I am and the psychologist and the dietitian definitely.”
8 “Working with the OT with a more normal way of life. Getting back to normal.”
9 “Eating socially and breaking habits.”
8/9 (89%) of the young people reported that they had a BMI over 17.5. One young person did not answer this question.
9/10 (90%) of the young people considered their weight to be restored/at a healthy weight.
10/10 (100%) of the young people had continued with outpatient services.
9/10 (90%) of the young people felt that their parents had received enough information/support whilst staying at Newbridge House.
“We feel these outcome data confirm the main message we tell all our young people and parents – anorexia is challenging to treat, but if treatment takes place before the condition becomes entrenched, and providing that treatment is specialist and high quality, the prospects of making a full recovery are very good. After discharge 90 per cent of our patients had a healthy BMI and all had continued outpatient services.”