Journal article

Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on anorexia nervosa and atypical anorexia nervosa presentations to an Australian tertiary paediatric hospital

Gabriella Springall, Michael Cheung, Susan M Sawyer, Michele Yeo



AIM: The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to increased concerns about adolescent mental health. This study aimed to determine the effect of the pandemic on adolescent eating disorders (EDs) by measuring changes in the number and severity of presentations to an Australian paediatric ED service that utilises a standardised approach to triage and assessment. METHODS: A 4-year retrospective chart review (2017-2020) of all patients (n = 457) presenting to the Royal Children's Hospital Eating Disorder Service, Melbourne, was undertaken. The incidence of each diagnosis and measures of condition severity were extracted from the database and patient medical records. Clinical comments relating ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: G. Springall is in receipt of the Australian Commonwealth Government Research Training Programme Scholarship (RTPS). The Heart Research Group receives financial support in part from, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Big W and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Programme to the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. The authors would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Stephanie Campbell and Claire May for their data entry and retrieval.