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Health service utilization for eating disorders: findings from a community-based study


Mond, JM and Hay, PJ and Rodgers, B and Owen, C, Health service utilization for eating disorders: findings from a community-based study, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40, (5) pp. 399-408. ISSN 0276-3478 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1002/eat.20382


Background: Prior use of health services was examined in a community sample of women with bulimic-type eating disorders.

Method: Participants (n 159) completed a structured interview for the assessment of eating disorder psychopathology as well as questions concerning treatment-seeking and type of treatment received.

Results: Whereas a minority (40.3%) of participants had received treatment for an eating problem, most had received treatment for a general mental health problem (74.2%) and/or weight loss (72.8%), and all had used one or more self-help treatments. Where treatment was received for an eating or general mental health problem, this was from a primary care practitioner in the vast majority of cases. Only half of those participants who reported marked impairment associated with an eating problem had ever received treatment for such a problem and less than one in five had received such treatment from a mental health professional.

Conclusion: Women with bulimic-type eating disorders rarely receive treatment for an eating problem, but frequently receive treatment for a general mental health problem and/or for weight loss. The findings underscore the importance of programs designed to improve the detection and management of eating disorders in primary care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Health services, Eating disorders, Mental health literacy
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Mond, JM (Dr Jon Mond)
ID Code:117963
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:130
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2017-06-29
Last Modified:2017-11-24

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