Lege Artis Medicinae

[The value of the SCOFF questionnaire in the screening of eating disorders]

DUKAY-SZABÓ Szilvia, VARGA Márta, TÚRY Ferenc

MARCH 20, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(03)

[Having become an increasingly relevant health issue from the second half of the 20th century, eating disorders have presented the need for screening, carried out in the simplest possible way, by a short questionnaire. Morgan and his colleagues identified this necessity and in 1999 created the SCOFF test to screen eating disorders with five yes or no questions. The questionnaire promptly became popular due to its briefness and easy adaptability. It was translated into several languages, its validity was measured on numerous populations. According to the results SCOFF is suitable for primary screening of eating disorders with a non-diagnostic purpose, taken two “yes” answers out of five as the critical margin, specified by the authors. Our objective was to give a review of the history of the SCOFF questionnaire.]

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