Health-Related Quality of Life in Eating Disorders

  • C. Las Hayas
  • J. Á. Padierna
  • P. Muñoz
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The measurement of  health related quality of life (HRQL) is currently being used to complement other, more objective or biological measurements such as body mass  index, blood analyses, etc. to evaluate a patient’s state of health. The results of these HRQL measurements provide information regarding the impact that an illness has on the lifestyle and  quality of life of the patient who has it. Until 2006, HRQL measurements in  eating disorders (EDs) were made by employing generic quality of life (QL) instruments or qualitative techniques. The results of generic questionnaires show that patients with EDs present significantly lower QL levels than patients with other psychiatric disorders or somatic illnesses. The qualitative studies show that the greatest impact of the ED is found in the ability to interact socially with other people. The lack of instruments for measuring the impact of EDs on QL has led researchers from various countries (USA, Canada, Australia, and Spain) to design four questionnaires aimed at measuring this HRQL directly in patients suffering from  anorexia nervosa (AN),  bulimia nervosa (BN),  binge-eating, or nonspecific eating disorders (EDNOS). These new, specific self-reports include measurements that previous questionnaires did not evaluate as specific symptoms of EDs, such as the importance of self-image or the specific impact of the ED on social relationships.


Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Nottingham Health Profile Emotional Role 
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List of Abbreviations:


16-dimension QL measurement


anorexia nervosa


Beck depression inventory


body mass index


bulimia nervosa


brief symptom inventory


diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders


eating attitudes test 40


experience of care-giving inventory


eating disorder


eating disorders examination


eating disorders inventory


 eating disorder not otherwise specified


eating disorders quality of life scale


eating disorders quality of life instrument


eating and exercise examination


general health questionnaire


health-related quality of life for eating disorders – short form


health-related quality of life for eating disorders questionnaire, second version


health related quality of life


intraclass correlation coefficient


minimally clinical important difference


minimal important difference


motivational stages of change for adolescents recovering from an eating disorder


Nottingham health profile


quality of life


quality of life for eating disorders


quality of life inventory


social adjustment scale self-report


medical outcome study 12-item short form health survey


medical outcome study 20-item short form health survey


medical outcome study 36-item short form health survey


state-trait anxiety inventory


World Health Organization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Las Hayas
    • 1
  • J. Á. Padierna
    • 2
  • P. Muñoz
    • 3
  1. 1.CIBER in Epidemiology and Public HealthGaldakao – Usansolo HospitalGaldakaoSpain
  2. 2.Psychiatry UnitGaldakao – Usansolo HospitalGaldakaoSpain
  3. 3.Psychiatry UnitOrtuella Mental Health CenterOrtuellaSpain

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