Addressing Disparities in Adolescent Eating Disorders: A Case Report of Family-Based Treatment in Primary Care

Janna R. Gewirtz O'Brien, Leslie Sim, Cassandra Narr, Angela Mattke, Marcie Billings, Robert M. Jacobson, Jocelyn Lebow

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Eating disorders typically have a protracted course, marked by significant morbidity. Male adolescents and adolescents of color are at risk of delayed care. Primary care providers are well-positioned to identify eating disorders early and initiate treatment. This case report describes an adaptation of Family-Based Treatment delivered by a primary care provider to an Asian-American male adolescent from an immigrant family with restrictive anorexia nervosa. The adolescent achieved full-weight restoration and remission of his anorexia through treatment in primary care. Embedding eating disorder treatment within primary care could improve detection, engagement, and retention in treatment among young people from diverse backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health training program (Health Resources and Services Administration no. T71MC00006-39-02; PI: Sieving).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners


  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Asian Americans
  • case reports
  • health care disparities
  • male
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders/diagnosis
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Humans
  • Adolescent
  • Male
  • Primary Health Care

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Journal Article


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