Family physician consultation patterns indicate high risk for early-onset anorexia nervosa
Lask, Bryan, Bryant-Waugh, Rachel, Wright, Fiona, Campbell, Mari, Willoughby, Kate and Waller, Glenn (2005) Family physician consultation patterns indicate high risk for early-onset anorexia nervosa. The International Journal of Eating Disorders, 38, (3), 269-272. (doi:10.1002/eat.20163).
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There is often a delay in the recognition of early-onset anorexia nervosa. The current study aimed to determine whether there are specific patterns in the frequency and content of family physician consultations that might predict its onset.
Lifetime number and type of family physician consultations were recorded for three groups: (a) an index group comprising 19 girls with anorexia nervosa, onset under 14; (b) a clinical control group comprising 19 girls with an emotional disorder; and (c) a nonclinical group comprising 19 girls with no history of mental health problems.
Both clinical groups had an elevated number of consultations, particularly in the 5 years before diagnosis. The index group had a significantly higher number of eating, weight, and shape consultations (especially in the year before diagnosis), whereas the clinical control group had a greater number of psychological consultations.
A single consultation about eating behaviour or weight and shape concerns is a strong predictor of the subsequent emergence of anorexia nervosa.
|Keywords:||anorexia nervosa, early onset, family physician|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
|Date Deposited:||25 Apr 2006|
|Last Modified:||01 Jun 2011 08:54|
|Contributors:||Lask, Bryan (Author)
Bryant-Waugh, Rachel (Author)
Wright, Fiona (Author)
Campbell, Mari (Author)
Willoughby, Kate (Author)
Waller, Glenn (Author)
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