This study was designed to examine rates of eating disorders and psychopathology in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Fifty-eight CF patients and 43 healthy control participants were evaluated using structured psychiatric interviews and rating scales. Two control participants and no CF patients were diagnosed with an eating disorder. Additionally, 11 CF patients were diagnosed with one or more psychiatric disorders. Group means on the rating scales did not show clinically meaningful elevations in either group. These data indicate no evidence for elevated rates of eating disorders in CF patients. Similarly, rates of other psychiatric disorders in the CF group were not greater than the prevalence reported in the general population. (C) 2000 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents.
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The authors would like to acknowledge Warren E. Regelman and Gail Bernstein for their assistance with study design and manuscript review, and Christine Hunter, Jane Meller, Melissa Mussell. Bob Spencer, and Kathy Wielinski for their technical assistance in the project. This study was supported by grants from the Minnesota Medical Foundation and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.
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