Health service utilization for eating disorders: findings from a community-based study
Mond, Jonathan M., Hay, Phillipa J., Rodgers, Bryan, and Owen, Cathy (2007) Health service utilization for eating disorders: findings from a community-based study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40 (5). pp. 399-408.
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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 Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||health services delivery; eating disorders; bulimia nervosa; mental health literacy; health services; binge eating disorder|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jul 2009 05:19|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110319 Psychiatry (incl Psychotherapy) @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%|
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