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Assessment and Treatment of Co-occurring Eating Disorders in Publicly Funded Addiction Treatment Programs.

Psychiatric Services 2008;59:1056-1059. [doi: 10.1176/]

CTN Gender Special Interests Group Collaborators: Susan M. Gordon, PhD (Seabrook House, DV Node), J. Aaron Johnson, PhD (Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia), Shelly F. Greenfield, MD, MPH (Harvard Medical School, NNE Node), Lisa R. Cohen, PhD (Columbia University School of Social Work, LI Node), Therese Killeen, PhD (Medical University of South Carolina, SC Node), Paul M. Roman, PhD (Institute for Behavioral Research, University of Georgia).

This study, a product of the CTN Gender Special Interest Group (SIG) surveyed publicly funded addiction treatment programs to increase understanding of treatment options for persons with co-occurring eating and substance use disorders. Data were collected between 2002 and 2004 from face-to-face interviews with program directors of a nationally representative sample of 351 addiction treatment programs. It was found that half of the programs screen patients for eating disorders, of which 29% admit all persons with eating disorders, and 48% admit persons with eating disorders of low severity. Few programs attempt to treat eating disorders. Programs that admit and treat patients with eating disorders are more likely to emphasize a medical-psychiatric model of addiction, use psychiatric medications, admit patients with other psychiatric disorders, and have a lower caseload of African-American patients. In conclusion, it appears that, generally, patients with co-occurring eating and substance abuse do not appear to receive structured assessment or treatment for eating disorders in addiction treatment programs. These results highlight the need for education of addiction treatment professionals in assessment of eating disorders. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2008)

Keywords: Co-occurring disorders | Community health services | Eating disorders | Gender-specific interventions | CTN Gender Special Interest Group (SIG) | Women | Psychiatric Services (journal)

Document No: 324, PMID: 18757602, PMCID: PMC3417144.

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