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Family physician consultation patterns indicate high risk for early-onset anorexia nervosa

Family physician consultation patterns indicate high risk for early-onset anorexia nervosa
Family physician consultation patterns indicate high risk for early-onset anorexia nervosa
Objective: 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.
Method: 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.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: A single consultation about eating behaviour or weight and shape concerns is a strong predictor of the subsequent emergence of anorexia nervosa.
anorexia nervosa, early onset, family physician
0276-3478
269-272
Lask, Bryan
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Bryant-Waugh, Rachel
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Wright, Fiona
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Campbell, Mari
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Willoughby, Kate
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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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Abstract

Objective: 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.
Method: 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.
Results: 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.
Conclusion: A single consultation about eating behaviour or weight and shape concerns is a strong predictor of the subsequent emergence of anorexia nervosa.

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Published date: 2005
Keywords: anorexia nervosa, early onset, family physician
Organisations: Community Clinical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 27633
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/27633
ISSN: 0276-3478
PURE UUID: ae7aea13-61a1-413b-818b-471a2ae6b35f

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Date deposited: 25 Apr 2006
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 01:03

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Author: Bryan Lask
Author: Rachel Bryant-Waugh
Author: Fiona Wright
Author: Mari Campbell
Author: Kate Willoughby
Author: Glenn Waller

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