The course of illness following inpatient treatment of adults with longstanding eating disorders: A 5-year follow-up
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2008
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 224–232, April 2008
How to Cite
Vrabel, K. R., Rosenvinge, J. H., Hoffart, A., Martinsen, E. W. and Rø, Ø. (2008), The course of illness following inpatient treatment of adults with longstanding eating disorders: A 5-year follow-up. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 41: 224–232. doi: 10.1002/eat.20485
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 8 AUG 2007
- The Norwegian Women's Public Health Association
- anorexia nervosa;
- bulimia nervosa;
- chronic eating disorder;
- in-patient treatment
The objectives of this article were to study the course and outcome of longstanding eating disorders (ED) 5 years after completing treatment and to identify subgroups of patients with different course and outcome.
A total of 77 patients with a mean age of 30 years were assessed at the beginning and end of in-patient therapy and at 1-, 2- and 5-year follow-up, respectively.
Of the 90% who participated in the 5-year follow-up, 46 patients (61%) had improved, and 30 (39%) did not meet diagnostic criteria for an ED. Cluster analysis identified a group of patient with no improvement over time.
Overall, the course is favourable, but a subgroup of patients with no improvement over time may need intensified treatment efforts. © 2007 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord, 2008