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J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 2013 Sep;51(9):24-31. doi: 10.3928/02793695-20130612-01. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

Eating disorders and equine therapy: a nurse's perspective on connecting through the recovery process.


Patients with eating disorders may have the most complex interdisciplinary treatment plans of any mental illness. Nurses need innovative evidence-based treatment interventions to assist their patients with eating disorders on their road to recovery. Although much has been written about equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and equine-facilitated psychotherapy, the literature has not described a detailed session that can help nurses understand how this experiential treatment works and the impact it can have on the patient. A review of the literature on eating disorders and on the use of equine therapy in its treatment is presented in this article. In addition, the role of the nurse during equine therapy will be highlighted, and an individual example will provide a detailed review of an EAP session.

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