Conflict of Interest: There are no conflicts of interest to report for any of the study authors.
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 46, Issue 4, pages 308–315, May 2013
How to Cite
Dooley-Hash, S., Lipson, S. K., Walton, M. A. and Cunningham, R. M. (2013), Increased emergency department use by adolescents and young adults with eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 46: 308–315. doi: 10.1002/eat.22070
Supported by AA018122 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 SEP 2012
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Grant Number: AA018122
- eating disorder;
- emergency department;
This study describes patterns of emergency department (ED) utilization by patients who screen positive for eating disorders.
ED patients aged 14–20 years (n = 1,920) completed a computerized questionnaire. The analyses compared the rates of ED use between patients who screened positive for an eating disorder and those who did not and examined the reasons for ED use amongst patients with eating disorders.
ED patients who screened positive for eating disorders were significantly more likely to have previously visited the ED and, on average, utilized the ED at a rate 1.6 times higher than patients who screen negative for eating disorders. The most common chief complaints among patients who screen positive for eating disorders were abdominal pain and other gastrointestinal-related problems.
Patients with eating disorders utilize the ED more frequently than those without and commonly present for complaints seemingly unrelated to their eating disorder. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2013)