Objective: A study was undertaken to assess the procedural validity of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) for the diagnosis of eating disorders. Method: The CIDI was administered to 44 patients consecutively admitted to an eating disorders unit. CIDI-generated diagnoses were compared with clinical diagnoses documented in patient files. Discrepancies between diagnoses were examined in detail. Results: A significant level of disagreement was apparent, particularly for anorexia nervosa patients. A large number of patients with symptoms requiring inpatient treatment did not reach criteria using CIDI's diagnostic algorithm. Conclusion: Considerable difficulties remain in the use of standardized assessments, such as the CIDI, to diagnose eating disorders. While presenting features of the illness, for example, ego syntonic nature of the illness, secrecy, and denial, may be part of the reason, the questions used by the CIDI appear to be in need of some refinement.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||International Journal of Eating Disorders|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
- Eating disorders
- Structured assessment