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Br J Psychiatry. 1995 Apr;166(4):472-4.

Defining subgroups of dieting disorder patients by means of the Eating Disorders Examination (EDE).

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

It is important to determine the optimal manner of categorising eating disorder patients so as to aid in the understanding of their specific psychopathological state.

METHOD:

We compared subgroups of eating disorder patients divided according to different sets of factors, using a structured interview which elicits the specific psychopathological features of these illnesses. The patients, comprising 116 consecutive women admitted to two university-affiliated eating disorder clinics, were grouped according to DSM-III-R criteria, clinical presentation (purging, binge eating), nutritional status, and age.

RESULT:

The clearest separation of groups was afforded by the clinical dimension of purging as opposed to not purging. This was superior to DSM-III-R criteria. Other systems, such as presence of binge eating, and various levels of nutritional status and of age, were clearly inferior.

CONCLUSION:

The presence or absence of purging behaviour appears to offer the most heuristic means of categorising eating disorder patients with respect to their specific psychopathological state.

PMID:
7795918
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