5-Question Screening Tool for Eating Disorders
I get it, as medical professionals you are go-go-go! How do you take the time to assess if someone has an eating disorder when they are not presenting?
In 1999, the “SCOFF Questionnaire” was developed to give providers a fast way to assess for Anorexia or Bulimia (false positive rate of only 12.5% for the controls – but maybe they developed one later, there was not commentary on follow up).
Answering “yes” to at least two of the following questions led to a nearly 100% positive diagnosis of anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
Ask your patient(s):
The SCOFF questions*
Although the authors’ state there is need for further testing to increase validity of the SCOFF questions, this questionnaire has been standard in various health care settings for many years.
Libby Parker, MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian, finishing her CEDRD credentials. She works with eating disorders in various settings, and teaches college nutrition courses.
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