Date of Award
College of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Hyun Jung Kim
Eating disorders have a high mortality rate, increasing prevalence rate, and often go unrecognized and untreated. Primary care providers are uniquely positioned to intervene early in the development of these disorders yet screening for eating disorders in primary care is limited. This project looked to improve provider confidence and improve screening for eating disorders by introducing a provider education course focused on eating disorder screening, management, and resources, as well as implementing the SCOFF questionnaire into the annual health questionnaire completed by students utilizing a university health clinic. Pre-and post-intervention survey data showed an increase in provider self-reported confidence in a myriad of aspects of eating disorder recognition and management. Data from retrospective chart review showed an overall decrease in positive eating disorder screening rates following the implementation of the SCOFF questionnaire. Future research will be needed to determine whether the increased provider confidence translates into improved patient outcomes, and whether the lowered positive screening rate is closer to the true positive rate. This project serves to exhibit the feasibility of targeted provider education interventions as well as the translation of evidence-based screening tools into practice.
Dukovic, Brandon, "Implementing Eating Disorder Screening and Early Intervention in a Primary Care Clinic" (2021). Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects. 28.