[Obesity and Eating Disorders. Indications for the different levels of care. An Italian Expert Consensus Document]

Eat Weight Disord. 2010 Mar-Jun;15(1-2 Suppl):1-31.
[Article in Italian]


This paper is an Italian Expert Consensus Document on multidimensional treatment of obesity and eating disorders. The Document is based on a wide survey of expert opinion. It presents, in particular, considerations regarding how clinicians go about choosing the most appropriate site of treatment for a given patient suffering from obesity and/or eating disorders: outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential rehabilitation centre, inpatient hospitalization. In a majority of instances obesity and eating disorders are long-term diseases and require a multiprofessional team-approach. In determining an initial level of care or a change to a different level of care, it is essential to consider together the overall physical condition, medical complications, disabilities, psychiatric comorbidity, psychology, behaviour, family, social resources, environment, and available services. We first created a review manuscript, a skeleton algorithm and two rating scales, based on the published guidelines and the existing research literature. As the second point we highlighted a number of clinical questions that had to be addressed in the specific context of our National Health Service and available specialized care units. Then we submitted eleven progressive revisions of the Document to the experts up to the final synthesis that was approved by the group. Of course, from point to point, some of the individual experts would differ with the consensus view. The document can be viewed as an expert consultation and the clinical judgement must always be tailored to the particular needs of each clinical situation. We will continue to revise the Document periodically based on new research information and on reassessment of expert opinion to keep it up-to-date. The Document was not financially sponsored.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Ambulatory Care* / standards
  • Anorexia Nervosa / diagnosis
  • Anorexia Nervosa / therapy
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / diagnosis
  • Binge-Eating Disorder / therapy
  • Bulimia Nervosa / diagnosis
  • Bulimia Nervosa / therapy
  • Comorbidity
  • Consensus
  • Day Care, Medical
  • Disability Evaluation
  • Expert Testimony*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / physiopathology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / psychology
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Guideline Adherence
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Motor Activity
  • National Health Programs
  • Nutritional Status
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Obesity / physiopathology
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obesity / rehabilitation
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Residential Treatment* / standards
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Environment
  • Walking