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Vol. 20, No. 1, 1987
Issue release date: 1987
Section title: Original Paper
Psychopathology 1987;20:8–17
(DOI:10.1159/000284473)

Anorexia nervosa in Italy: Clinical Features and Outcome in a Long-Term Follow-Up Study

Santonastaso P.a · Favaretto G.a · Canton G.b
aInstitute of Psychiatry, University of Padua, and bAlcohol and Drug Abuse Service, Dolo General Hospital, Venice, Italy

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: February 09, 2010
Issue release date: 1987

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

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Abstract

Fifty-five patients with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa hospitalized between 1970 and 1975 in the Departments of Psychiatry and Internal Medicine of the University of Padua were recalled between 1981 and 1983. Forty patients (73%) participated in this follow-up study. At follow-up, using the criteria of Garfinkel et al., 15 patients (37.5%) had an ‘excellent’ outcome, 10 (25 %) were ‘much improved’, 7(17.5%) were ‘symptomatic’, 6(15 %) had a ‘poor’ outcome and 2 (5%) were deceased. There was, generally, a more marked improvement in weight and menses than in eating habits and mental state. We also found that percentage weight loss, depressive symptoms, abnormal attitudes towards food and weight, the association vomiting/laxative abuse and sexual relations are all significantly associated with a poor outcome. Results are compared with a review of existing literature.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: February 09, 2010
Issue release date: 1987

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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