A Large-Scale Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Patients with Eating Disorders: Methodological Issues and Preliminary Results

  • W. Vandereycken
  • G. Pieters


The University Psychiatric Center in Kortenberg has been especially interested in treatment and research of eating disorders for about a quarter of a century (for an overview see, for example, Vandereycken 1985; Vandereycken and Meermann 1984; Vandereycken et al. 1989). Follow-up investigations have become a part of the standard research program.


Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Inpatient Treatment Eating Disorder Inventory 
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  • G. Pieters

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