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Psychiatry Res. 2012 Apr 30;196(2-3):302-8. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.12.021. Epub 2012 Mar 6.

Test-retest reliability of the proposed DSM-5 eating disorder diagnostic criteria.

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New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA.


The proposed DSM-5 classification scheme for eating disorders includes both major and minor changes to the existing DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. It is not known what effect these modifications will have on the ability to make reliable diagnoses. Two studies were conducted to evaluate the short-term test-retest reliability of the proposed DSM-5 eating disorder diagnoses: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and feeding and eating conditions not elsewhere classified. Participants completed two independent telephone interviews with research assessors (n=70 Study 1; n=55 Study 2). Fair to substantial agreements (κ=0.80 and 0.54) were observed across eating disorder diagnoses in Study 1 and Study 2, respectively. Acceptable rates of agreement were identified for the individual eating disorder diagnoses, including DSM-5 anorexia nervosa (κ's of 0.81 to 0.97), bulimia nervosa (κ=0.84), binge eating disorder (κ's of 0.75 and 0.61), and feeding and eating disorders not elsewhere classified (κ's of 0.70 and 0.46). Further, improved short-term test-retest reliability was noted when using the DSM-5, in comparison to DSM-IV, criteria for binge eating disorder. Thus, these studies found that trained interviewers can reliably diagnose eating disorders using the proposed DSM-5 criteria; however, additional data from general practice settings and community samples are needed.

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