European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 75–84

Predictive factors of length of inpatient treatment in anorexia nervosa

  • Luisa Strik Lievers
  • Florence Curt
  • Jenny Wallier
  • Fabienne Perdereau
  • Zoé Rein
  • Philippe Jeammet
  • Nathalie Godart
ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTION

DOI: 10.1007/s00787-008-0706-8

Cite this article as:
Strik Lievers, L., Curt, F., Wallier, J. et al. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2009) 18: 75. doi:10.1007/s00787-008-0706-8

Abstract

Objective

To identify clinical variables influencing the length of stay (LOS) of inpatient treatment for anorexia nervosa (AN).

Method

We analyzed structured clinical charts of 300 consecutive hospitalizations for AN in a specialized eating disorder unit. The sample included patients from 12 to 22 years old. Factors related to the patient and events occurring during the stay were investigated as possible predictors of LOS.

Results

Mean LOS was 135 days. The best model of linear regression revealed that the following factors were significantly related to LOS: duration of AN at admission, use of tube feeding during the stay, accomplishment of the therapeutic weight contract and presence of a comorbid disorder.

Conclusions

The identification of factors influencing duration of stay, both at the outset and during the hospitalization, could help clinicians to optimize and individualize treatments, as well as increase patient and family compliance.

Keywords

anorexia nervosa length of stay inpatient treatment 

Copyright information

© Steinkopff Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Luisa Strik Lievers
    • 1
  • Florence Curt
    • 1
  • Jenny Wallier
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Fabienne Perdereau
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Zoé Rein
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Philippe Jeammet
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Nathalie Godart
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  1. 1.Dept. of Psychiatry for Adolescents and Young Adults, Faculté de Médecine, Site Institut Mutualiste MontsourisUniversité Paris-DescartesParisFrance
  2. 2.Unité 669 Paris-Sud Innovation Group in Adolescent Mental Health: Troubles des Conduites Alimentaires de l’Adolescent, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM)Université Paris 5-DescartesParisFrance
  3. 3.Université Paris Sud Paris 11 Maison de SolennParisFrance
  4. 4.Institute of PsychiatryKings CollegeLondonUK
  5. 5.Institut Mutualiste MontsourisParisFrance

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