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Primary care physicians' knowledge of and attitudes toward the eating disorders: Do they affect clinical actions?

Primary care physicians' knowledge of and attitudes toward the eating disorders: Do they affect clinical actions?,10.1002/eat.20636,International Jour

Primary care physicians' knowledge of and attitudes toward the eating disorders: Do they affect clinical actions?   (Citations: 4)
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Objective: This study examined the influence of primary care physicians' knowledge of and attitudes to eating dis- orders on their treatment decisions. Method: A sample of primary care physicians completed self-report meas- ures on eating disorders and their atti- tudes towards such patients. They also indicated their diagnosis and treatment decisions in response to case vignettes. Results: Physicians had substantial gaps in knowledge of the eating disor- ders. Attitudes to anorexia nervosa clus- tered differently to those toward patients with bulimia nervosa. However, for both disorders, the factor that explained the most variance was illness duration and consequences. There was no association of knowledge and attitudes, and these variables did not predicted the likelihood of diagnosing an eating disorder. How- ever, those with higher knowledge scores were more likely to ensure that a follow- up appointment took place, particularly when they held the attitude that people with anorexia nervosa had personal con- trol over their problem.
Journal: International Journal of Eating Disorders - INT J EATING DISORDER , vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 453-458, 2009
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    • ...Current research suggests that physicians have a considerable gap in knowledge regarding the assessment and treatment of EDs (Currin, Waller, & Schmidt, 2009; Linville et al, 2010) and many scholars assert that increased knowledge will improve detection of EDs and DE in primary care settings (eg, Currin et al, 2009; Hoek, 1991)...

    Deanna Linvilleet al. Medical Providers' Self Perceived Knowledge and Skills for Working Wit...

    • ...This likely reflects a range of factors, including poor insight, reluctance to disclose bulimic behaviors and poor knowledge of the nature and treatment of bulimic-type EDs among both patients and primary care practitioners (Crow, Peterson, Levine, Thuras, & Mitchell, 2004; Currin, Waller, & Schmidt, 2009; Hay et al., 1998, Hay, de Angelis, Millar, & Mond, 2006; Mond, Hay, Rodgers, & Owen, 2006, 2008)...
    • ...Hence, efforts may need to be made to improve the ED ‘‘mental health literacy’’ of both patients and primary care practitioners (Currin et al., 2009; Hay et al., 2006; Mond, Hay et al., 2008)...

    Jonathan M. MondTriciaet al. Bulimic Eating Disorders in Primary Care: Hidden Morbidity Still?

    • ...In addition, the high regard given to primary care practitioners in the treatment of BN, which was also observed in all three groups, indicates the need to evaluate and, if necessary, improve the eating disorders mental health literacy of general practitioners, dieticians and nutritionists and other non-specialist treatment providers (Currin, Waller, & Schmidt, 2009; Hay, Darby & Mond, 2007)...

    Jonathan M. Mondet al. Eating Disorders “Mental Health Literacy” in Low Risk, High Risk and S...

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