50. Barriers to Screening and Diagnosis of Eating Disorders in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting

The primary care setting offers a unique opportunity for the early intervention and management of pediatric eating disorders (EDs). Previous studies and reviews of medical education, however, have demonstrated a lack of adequate training in their identification and treatment as many eating disorders often go underrecognized, particularly in patients who do not fit the common demographic, body-type, or symptom profile of a patient with an ED. Given the various limitations on a provider ’s time, we hypothesized that certain biases may be at play in which patients a provider might elect to screen for eating disorders and their perceptions of who needs screening.
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Source Type: research