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A Prevalence Study and Description of Alli Use by Patients With Eating Disorders

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Objective: This study examined the frequency and characteristics of alli1 use
among patients in eating disorder treatment facilities.
Method: Patients from five treatment centers completed the Survey of Eating
and Related Behaviors. Diagnoses were determined from survey responses.
Results: Of 417 survey respondents, 26 (6.2%) reported a history of alli1 use. Of
those, 15 (57.7%) met criteria for an eating disorder, including one of 29 patients
(3.4%) with anorexia nervosa binge-purge subtype, six of 66 patients (9.1%) with full
or subthreshold bulimia nervosa, four of 49 (8.2%) with binge eating disorder, one
of six (16.7%) with purging disorder, and three of 80 (3.8%) with an eating disorder
not otherwise specified. Discussion: The results of this survey
suggest that patients with eating disorders use alli1, albeit relatively uncommonly.
Therefore, it is worthwhile for clinicians to inquire about alli1 use
when evaluating or treating these patients in any clinical setting.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Prevalence Study and Description of Alli Use by Patients With Eating Disorders created by Kristine J. Steffen, PharmD, and James E. Mitchell, MD

Publication Date:

International Journal of Eating Disorders /July, 2010; Volume 43, Issue 5 (p 472-479)

Course Material Authors

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Kristine J. Steffen, PharmD,
Author(s) Bio: Kristine J. Steffen, Pharm.D., Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, and an Assistant Professor in the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Grand Forks, ND.
James E. Mitchell, MD

Course Creator

Dan Rebek, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about treatment of Eating Disorders. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify eating disorder diagnostic group(s) reported the highest frequency of alli® use.
  2. Summarize the relative prevalence of alli® use compared to other forms of compensatory behaviors in eating disorders.
  3. Recognize the mechanism of action and appropriate use of alli®.

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Course Number 101723
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