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Eating disorders in children and young people

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 07 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5245
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Re: Eating disorders in children and young people

In response to Dr Natt's comment, we agree. We did not mention the use of screening questionnaires as we feel that sensitive history taking, including a collateral history, is likely to be more effective in identifying and engaging young people with eating disorders. The NICE guidance on eating disorders advises that screening tools are not used in isolation, due to insufficient good quality evidence for their use. The SC0FF was designed for use in adults, and has only been tested in that age group.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 January 2018
Helen E Bould
Wellcome Doctoral Training Fellow and Specialty Training Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dept of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
Warneford Lane, Oxford, OX3 7JX