Management and treatment of eating disorders in an Italian region

S. G. Sukkar, L. Foppiani, A. Campostano, A. Arata, C. Costa, A. Ferro, E. Foppiani, M. Gennaro, M. Giusti, G. Giusto, C. Incardona, R. Infrasca, B. Masini, B. Minuto, J. Oberti, V. Velio Degola, E. Veneselli

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Abstract

Objective: Eating disorders (ED) are an outstanding health problem in western countries, and bear significant mortality, e.g. anorexia nervosa (AN), and morbidity. The Liguria Region Health Department set up a study with the support of a number of specialists to investigate the number and characteristics of patients referred to institutions, how patients were managed, and the healthcare facilities and personnel involved. Methods: The retrospective study required that all regional institutions, except two, involved in the treatment of ED during tne year 2001 filled out a special questionnaire. Results: Twenty-one institutions (n=19 public, n=2 private) followed 1,220 patients with ED in the mentioned year. The prevalence of such disor-ders was 6 fold higher in females (1,054 F, 166 M; age range 12-32 years). Bulimia nervosa (BN) proved to be the disorder category most frequently observed (prevalence 59%) followed by AN (26%, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalEating and Weight Disorders
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005

Keywords

  • Characteristics
  • Eating disorders
  • Institutions
  • Management
  • The Liguria region

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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