Weight changes during inpatient refeeding of underweight eating disorder patients

Hart, Susan, Abraham, Suzanne, Franklin, Richard and Russell, Janice (2011) Weight changes during inpatient refeeding of underweight eating disorder patients. European Eating Disorders Review, 19 5: 390-397. doi:10.1002/erv.1052


Author Hart, Susan
Abraham, Suzanne
Franklin, Richard
Russell, Janice
Title Weight changes during inpatient refeeding of underweight eating disorder patients
Journal name European Eating Disorders Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1072-4133
1099-0968
Publication date 2011-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/erv.1052
Volume 19
Issue 5
Start page 390
End page 397
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aim
To describe patterns of weight change in patients admitted to a specialised eating disorder program with established protocols for inpatient refeeding.

Methods
Weight records between January 2000 and December 2006 were categorised using Body Mass Index (BMI) at first admission (BMI ranges < 14.0, 14.1–17.49, 17.5–18.9 kg/m2). Total weight gained, number of days of inpatient treatment and rate of weekly weight gain were examined.

Results
In total there were 247 patients representing 414 admissions. The rate of weight gain was 0.77, 0.63 and 0.53 kg/week, respectively, for each BMI group. Twenty patients (8.1%) in the refeeding program did not gain weight.

Conclusion
Weight gain in underweight patients is highly variable. A greater understanding of the processes that contribute to weight gain, and establishment of best practice in achieving weight gain in patients needs to be determined. This data provide detailed information about expectations for refeeding without artificial feeding.
Keyword Anorexia nervosa
Inpatient
Refeeding
Weight
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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