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

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QUESTION: Are the SCOFF questionnaire and the new Eating disorder Screen for Primary care (ESP) accurate for detecting eating disorders in university students and primary care patients?


Blinded comparison of the SCOFF and ESP with results from the Questionnaire for Eating Disorder Diagnosis (Q-EDD)(diagnostic standard).


A large college at the University of London and a primary care clinic in London, UK.


233 participants (129 university students and 104 primary care patients). Exclusion criteria were age <18 or >65 years, inability to read English or give valid consent, or chronic illness that might result …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Dr M A Cotton, London, UK. m.a.cotton{at}