Test-retest reliability of the proposed DSM-5 eating disorder diagnostic criteria

Robyn Sysko, Christina A. Roberto, Rachel D. Barnes, Carlos M. Grilo, Evelyn Attia, B. Timothy Walsh

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Abstract

The proposed DSM-5 classification scheme for eating disorders includes both major and minor changes to the existing DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. It is not known what effect these modifications will have on the ability to make reliable diagnoses. Two studies were conducted to evaluate the short-term test-retest reliability of the proposed DSM-5 eating disorder diagnoses: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and feeding and eating conditions not elsewhere classified. Participants completed two independent telephone interviews with research assessors (. n=. 70 Study 1; . n=. 55 Study 2). Fair to substantial agreements (. κ=. 0.80 and 0.54) were observed across eating disorder diagnoses in Study 1 and Study 2, respectively. Acceptable rates of agreement were identified for the individual eating disorder diagnoses, including DSM-5 anorexia nervosa (. κ's of 0.81 to 0.97), bulimia nervosa (. κ=. 0.84), binge eating disorder (. κ's of 0.75 and 0.61), and feeding and eating disorders not elsewhere classified (. κ's of 0.70 and 0.46). Further, improved short-term test-retest reliability was noted when using the DSM-5, in comparison to DSM-IV, criteria for binge eating disorder. Thus, these studies found that trained interviewers can reliably diagnose eating disorders using the proposed DSM-5 criteria; however, additional data from general practice settings and community samples are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-308
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume196
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders research assistants, including: Staci Berkowitz, Stephanie Brewer, Leora David, Zoe Grunebaum, Margaret Martinez, Rachel Ojserkis, and Molly Siegel, and the Program for Obesity, Weight, and Eating Research staff, including: Kerstin Blomquist, Ph.D., Abbe Boeke, Ph.D., Stacey Fruman, M.S., Sylvia Herbozo, Ph.D., Siddhi Shah, Jennifer Weinstein, M.A. Dr. Sysko is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant K23 DK088532 and Dr. Grilo is supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant K24 DK070052 .

Keywords

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Binge eating disorder
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Diagnostic reliability
  • Feeding and eating disorders not elsewhere classified

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