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Pretreatment Predictors of Outcome in Anorexia Nervosa

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

Katherine A. Halmi
Affiliation:
University of Iowa College of Medicine, 500 Newton Road, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Solomon C. Goldberg
Affiliation:
Psychopharmacology Research Branch, National Institutes of Mental Health, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rm. 9–105, Rockville, Maryland 20852
Regina C. Casper
Affiliation:
University of Illinois, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, West Side Medical Center, 1601 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60625
Elke D. Eckert
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Box 393 Mayo Bldg, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
John M. Davis
Affiliation:
University of Chicago, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, West Side Medical Center, 1601 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60625

Summary

The relationship of selected pretreatment characteristics to weight gain during treatment was examined in 81 anorexia nervosa patients. Good prognostic indicators correlating positively with weight gain were: no previous hospitalizations for anorexia nervosa, a great amount of overactivity before treatment, less denial of illness, less psychosexual immaturity and the admission to feeling hunger. A perinatal history of delivery complications was associated with the poor outcome predictor of prior hospitalizations.

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