Eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS): profiles of those presenting at a community eating disorder service


Turner, Hannah and Bryant-Waugh, Rachel (2004) Eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS): profiles of those presenting at a community eating disorder service. European Eating Disorders Review, 12, (1), 18-26. (doi:10.1002/erv.552).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/erv.552

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Objective: a substantial proportion of eating disorder presentations receive a DSM-IV diagnosis of eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS), yet research comparing EDNOS with anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN) is limited. The aim of this study was to further investigate EDNOS in clients at a UK Community Eating Disorder Service.

Method: the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) was used to generate DSM-IV diagnoses. Clinical profiles of EDNOS clients are compared with those of patients with AN and BN and cluster analysis used to identify subgroups based on presenting features rather than diagnosis.

Results: 190 of 200 participants had a clinical eating disorder: 11 had AN, 45 had BN, 134 had EDNOS. Cluster analysis suggested four subgroups within the clinical sample: three with similar cognitive psychopathology but varied behavioural presentation, and one with less severe cognitive and behavioural features, but low mean BMI.

Discussion: these results highlight the need for further investigation into EDNOS and its usefulness as a diagnosis.

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Keywords: EDNOS, diagnosis, subclinical eating disorders, assessment, partial syndromes
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Community Clinical Sciences
ePrint ID: 27730
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:16
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/27730

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