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An Examination of the Ravello Profile — A Neuropsychological Test Battery for Anorexia Nervosa

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  • Kristin Stedal,

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    • Regional Eating Disorders Service, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Norway
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  • Ian Frampton,

    1. Regional Eating Disorders Service, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Norway
    2. Gt. Ormond St. Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, UK
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  • Nils Inge Landrø,

    1. Center for the Study of Human Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway
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  • Bryan Lask

    1. Regional Eating Disorders Service, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, Norway
    2. Gt. Ormond St. Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, UK
    3. Huntercombe Hospital Group, UK
    4. Ellern Mede Centre for Eating Disorders, London, UK
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Kristin Stedal, Regional Eating Disorders Service, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål, PO Box 4956 Nydalen, Oslo, Norway. Tel: +47 23016215; Fax: +47 23016231.

Email: kristin.stedal@ulleval.no

Abstract

The Ravello Profile test battery was developed to ensure a consistent methodology when researching neuropsychological functioning in anorexia nervosa (AN). To date, 157 patients with AN have been assessed with the full Ravello Profile. The present review is the first study to systematically investigate the tests included in the battery. Fifteen experimental studies, comparing AN patients with healthy control participants on at least one of the Ravello Profile tests, were identified, and effect sizes were calculated. Three of the tests, Verbal Fluency Test (VFT), Rey Complex Figure Test (RCFT) and Trail Making Test (TMT), were meta-analysed, and the pooled standardized effect size was significant for all three tests (0.25, −0.68 and 0.49, respectively). Patients with AN performed significantly better than healthy control participants on assessment of verbal fluency (VFT) and worse on tests of visual memory (RCFT) and set-shifting (TMT). The Ravello Profile test battery appears to consist of tests that are appropriate for assessing characteristic neuropsychological profiles specific in AN. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.

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