Quality of Life Research

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 667-674

First online:

The health-related quality of life in eating disorders

  • A. PadiernaAffiliated withPsychiatric Service, Galdakao Hospital
  • , J. M. QuintanaAffiliated withClinical Epidemiology Unit, Galdakao Hospital
  • , I. ArosteguiAffiliated withClinical Epidemiology Unit, Galdakao Hospital
  • , N. GonzalezAffiliated withClinical Epidemiology Unit, Galdakao Hospital
  • , Mª J. HorcajoAffiliated withPsychiatric Service, Galdakao Hospital

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Objective: This study investigated the perception of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in ambulatory patients with eating disorders in relation to the severity of eating symptomatology and psychological comorbidity. Methods: One hundred ninety-seven study patients were consecutively recruited at the Eating Disorders Outpatient Clinic. Short Form-36 items (SF-36), a generic HRQoL questionnaire, the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-40), and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD) were used to measure different aspects of HRQoL. The results of the SF-36 were compared with the norms of the Spanish general population for women 18–34 years of age. Results: Patients with eating disorders were more dysfunctional in all areas of the SF-36 compared with women in the general population. There were no differences among the eating disorder diagnostic groups. Higher scores on the EAT-40 and the HAD were associated with a perception of greater impairment on all SF-36 subscales. Conclusion: The evaluation of HRQoL in these patients confirms the impact of these disorders on daily life in areas not directly related to eating disorders. The SF-36 is useful for discriminating among different levels of severity of eating disorders and other psychological comorbidities of these patients.

Eating disorders Quality of life Patient outcomes