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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1992 Sep;26(3):436-43.

Attitudes of medical professionals towards patients with eating disorders.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria.

Abstract

A questionnaire examining attitudes to patients with eating disorders was completed by 352 medical and nursing staff in a general hospital. Patients with eating disorders were less liked than patients with schizophrenia and were seen as responsible for their illness almost to the same degree as recurrent overdose takers. Factor analysis showed a first factor in which patients with eating disorders were construed as vulnerable to external pressures (from others, the media) while also self-inducing their illness, and this was associated with treatment recommendations for education, urging the patient to take self-control and psychotherapy. The professions differed significantly in attitudes.

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1417629
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