Military Veterans with Eating Disorders: Prevalence, Incidence, Patterns of Comorbidity and Cost of Care
[Technical Report, Annual Report]
Boston Children's Hospital
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Scope Eating disorders ED, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, are serious illnesses that lead to disturbance in ones eating behaviors and can result in poorer health, lower quality of life, and long-term expensive treatment. Very little is known about the prevalence of ED and the patterns of co-occurring mental health and substance use problems among military Veterans. Our study is designed to estimate the prevalence, patterns of co-occurring illness, and costs of ED among Veterans so that we can evaluate the overall burden of disease to inform future design of effective ED screening and treatment programs for military Veterans. Purpose The purpose of our research activities is to use the largest and most comprehensive database of US military Veterans to generate precise estimates of ED prevalence of Veterans with ED within a year and incidence new cases by year among Veterans in the aggregate estimate ED prevalenceincidence by sociodemographic groups, including by age, gender, raceethnicity, obesity status, and age cohort evaluate whether such co-occurring problems precede and may lead to ED or if they develop subsequently to an ED episode and may be caused in part by ED document the added utilization and cost of care to the Veterans Health Administration VHA associated with ED.
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