The Diagnostic Work-Up of Eating Disorders

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Background: The mortality of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is the highest among all psychiatric disorders, and Eating Disorders (ED) overall pose serious health threats to a significant proportion of the population. In spite of an increasing recognition of the clinical impact of ED, often, the general readiness and knowledge of the diagnostic work-up among Physicians is insufficient.
Material and method: A literature search of recent national and international scientific publications on the diagnostic work-up of ED was done in November 2015. PUBMED was the major source of information, but also known publications were utilized to collate the relevant information. Result: The result is presented as essential components in the diagnostic work-up, where potential relevant clinical findings such as e.g. eating behaviours, co-morbidities, laboratory findings, medical risk and risk of suicidality, are all necessary to enable an accurate diagnosis as part of a multilayered clinical problem description, in the diagnostic work-up of ED.Discussion: Early and accurate diagnosis of ED will enable prompt initiation of relevant treatment. This is most optimally served by a multilayered clinical problem description, where the clinical diagnosis is one part, together with several other clinical aspects, of ED.
Original languageEnglish
Article number234
JournalJournal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry
Volume4
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
ISSN2373-6445
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Diet and health - Diagnostic work-up, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, binge eating disorder, Assessment

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