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Assessment in Eating Disorders – Navigating the Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire and beyond

Presenter: Professor Phillipa Hay

Thursday 20 February (1 hour duration) 

2pm New Zealand; 12pm NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS; 11am QLD; 11.30am SA; 10.30am NT; 9am WA
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Professor Hay is an academic Psychiatrist (FRANZCP) with two higher degrees (MD, DPhil) in the field of eating disorders. She has extensive expertise in randomized controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews and meta-analyses, longitudinal and epidemiologic studies in eating disorders and related mental health problems. She is the lead author of several Cochrane Library systematic reviews and has been Chief Investigator on 4 major NHMRC funded RCTs in eating disorders as well as the RANZCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for treatment of people with eating disorders in the Australian and New Zealand context.

Webinar Overview: Clinical assessment of people presenting with an Eating Disorder (ED) increasingly relies on the use of self-report questionnaires and other measures of symptom severity. The leading international tool in the field is the Eating Disorder-Questionnaire (EDE-Q), as developed by Fairburn and colleagues at the Oxford University Centre for ED research (CREDO), and it is now used to assess eligibility for reimbursement in the Medicare Benefit Schedule.  The most used and well-validated is a 28-item version published on the CREDO website that provides scores of severity in four domains (weight/shape/eating concern and dietary restraint), a global score and also individual diagnostics behaviours.  The web-in-air will present (1) the empirical support for the validity of the EDE-Q, (2) practical tips on its administration and scoring including where there is missing data, (3) limitations of the EDE-Q particularly as a diagnostic instrument and in children, and (4) the role of the more extensive ‘parent’ EDE interview and recent briefer 8 and 12 item EDE-Q variants.

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