Medical Providers' Self Perceived Knowledge and Skills for Working With Eating Disorders: A National Survey

Deanna Linville, Tiffany Brown, Maya O'Neil

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Abstract

Research indicates that individuals suffering from an eating disorder (ED) consult their general practitioners more frequently than those without an eating disorder (Mond, Myers, Crosby, Hay, & Mitchell, 2010). However, little is known about medical providers' existing knowledge of and training in ED detection, intervention, and treatment. This study aimed to examine national medical providers' self-perceived knowledge, skills, and needs around eating disorder screening and intervention strategies. Utilizing survey design, a randomized sample of national medical providers responded to a 23-question survey. Sixty-eight percent of respondents indicated that they did not think to screen for an eating disorder because it was not the presenting concern and nearly 59% of providers did not feel like they had the skills necessary to intervene with eating disorders. Training implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalEating Disorders
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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