Evid Based Nurs 6:118 doi:10.1136/ebn.6.4.118
  • Assessment (screening or diagnosis)

The SCOFF questionnaire was less sensitive but more specific than the ESP for detecting eating disorders

Table 2

Test characteristics for the SCOFF and ESP (cut point ≥2 abnormal responses) in screening for eating disorders in university students and primary care patients*

Diagnostic tool Sensitivity (95% CI) Specificity (CI) +LR −LR
*+LR=positive likelihood ratio, −LR=negative likelihood ratio; diagnostic terms defined in glossary.
SCOFF 78% (62 to 93) 88% (84 to 93) 6.6 0.25
ESP 100% (90 to 100) 71% (64 to 77) 3.4 0.0

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