Update on Course and Outcome in Eating Disorders

About the Course:

Abstract of Article: Objective: To review recent studies describing eating disorder course and outcome. Method: Electronic and manual searches were conducted to identify relevant articles published since 2004. Results: Twenty-six articles were identified. For AN, most patients ascertained through outpatient settings achieved remission by 5-year follow-up. Inpatient treatment predicted poor prognosis as inpatient samples demonstrated lower remission rates. Outcome differed between BN and EDNOS, including BED, for shorter follow-up durations; however, outcomes appeared similar between BN and related EDNOS by 5-year follow-up. Greater psychiatric comorbidity emerged as a significant predictor of poor prognosis in BN whereas few prognostic indicators were identified for BED or other EDNOS. Discussion: Results support optimism for most eating disorder patients. However, more effective treatments are needed for adult AN inpatients and approximately 30% of patients with BN and related EDNOS who remain ill 10 to 20 years following presentation.


International Journal of Eating Disorders/Wiley InterScience

Publication Date:

April 2010


Dr. Pamela Keel

About the Author:

Dr. Pamela Keel is Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. She serves on the Board of the Academy for Eating Disorders and is current President of the Eating Disorders Research Society and Associate Editor for Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Tiffany Brown is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Florida State University

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This course is recommended for This course is recommended for Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Epidemiologists
who seek knowledge about course and outcome of eating disorders. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Analyze the course and outcome of AN, BN, BED, and EDNOS reported in studies published over the previous five years.

  2. Compare the course and outcome of AN, BN, BED, and EDNOS reported in studies published over the previous five years.

  3. Describe prognostic indicators for AN, BN, BED, and EDNOS.

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Course Number: 101668
Credit Hours: 1cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: $6.97
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