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Validity studies of quality of life instruments for eating disorders: systematic review of the literature

Tirico, P. P., Stefano, S. C., and Blay, S. L.
To conduct a systematic review of studies that evaluated quality of life (QOL) among individuals with eating disorders, to analyze the characteristics of specific QOL instruments for eating disorders. Bibliographic searches were conducted in 6 databases and manual searches in 2 journals, covering the period from January 1975 to June 2008. The search strategies provided a total of 29,537 references. Out of the 41 studies that met the inclusion criteria for this review, 5 reported on the validation process for 4 specific instruments for eating disorders. Among the 4 specific QOL instruments for eating disorders, 3 presented adequate development procedures and psychometric properties. However, further research is needed to prove the validity and applicability of these instruments. Additional validation studies are needed, especially in relation to patients who deny that they have a disorder.
J Nerv Ment Dis
1539-736X (Electronic)
Publication year:
Biological and physiological variables:
Biological and physiological variables
Symptom status:
Cognitive/mental state
Emotional state
Physical state
Functional status:
Cognitive/mental functioning
Physical functioning
Role functioning
Social functioning
General health perceptions / HRQoL:
Health-related quality of life
Adults (18-65)
Children (0-18)
Seniors (65+)
Mental and behavioural disorders and related symptoms
PRO / non-PRO:
Patient Reported Outcome
Type of measurement instrument:
1 - Questionnaires
EDQLS - Eating Disorders Quality of Life Scale
EDQOL - Eating Disorders Quality of Life
HeRQoLEDv2 - Health-Related Quality of Life in Eating Disorders second version
QOL ED - Quality of Life for Eating Disorders