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Br J Psychiatry. 2005 Dec;187:573-8.

Instability of eating disorder diagnoses: prospective study.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital, Culmannstrasse 8, 8091 Zurich, Switzerland. gabriella.milos@usz.ch

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The stability of eating disorder diagnoses has received little research attention.

AIMS:

To examine the course of the full range of clinical eating disorders.

METHOD:

A sample of 192 women with a current DSM-IV eating disorder (55 with anorexia nervosa,108 with bulimia nervosa and 29 with eating disorder not otherwise specified) were assessed three times over 30 months using a standardised interview.

RESULTS:

Although the overarching category of "eating disorder" was relatively stable, the stability of the three specific eating disorder diagnoses was low, with just a third of participants retaining their original diagnosis. This was due only in part to remission since the remission rate was low across all three diagnoses.

CONCLUSIONS:

There is considerable diagnostic flux within the eating disorders but a low overall remission rate. This suggests that underpinning their psychopathology may be common biological and psychological causal and maintaining processes.

PMID:
16319411
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PMCID:
PMC2710504
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