Bulimia nervosa mental health literacy of general practitioners

Hay, Phillipa J., de Angelis, Carlie, Millar, Harry, and Mond, Jonathan (2005) Bulimia nervosa mental health literacy of general practitioners. Primary Care & Community Psychiatry, 10 (3). pp. 103-108.

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Objectives: The study's aims were to gain a better understanding of the bulimia nervosa mental health literacy (BN-MHL) of general practitioners (GPS), namely their beliefs about bulimia nervosa (BN) and its treatment, and to compare these perceptions with those found in community women. Methods: A postal survey was sent to 304 city GPs. The survey comprised a fictional vignette of a woman with BN followed by questions about perceived prevalence, severity, management, aetiology and prognosis. Results: Of the 149 (49%) respondents, 95% identified the problem as an eating disorder, 51% specifying EN. Eighty percent considered it a very distressing problem and 70% considered it uncommon in their practice and very difficult to treat. Nearly half regarded a psychiatrist as the most helpful clinician. Eighty percent thought discrimination would occur if others knew about the problem. Conclusion: GPs correctly identified BN and specialist treatment was favourably regarded. As found previously in surveys of the general population most GPs considered EN severe, distressing, and difficult to treat. The main limitation of the study was the low response rate.

Item ID: 7053
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1746-885X
Keywords: beliefs; bulimia nervosa; treatment
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 04:48
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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