Better Diagnosis for Better Treatment: New APA Eating Disorder Practice Guidelines
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Expires on Feb 27, 2026
Credit Offered
2 CME Credits
2 COP Credits

The new APA Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Eating Disorders includes 16 statements on anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and other eating disorders. Clinical vignettes are used to illustrate the guideline statements covering screening, psychological, physical, and laboratory assessments, and the psychotherapy and pharmacology treatments available. Interactive cases walk users through the guideline statements and the practical steps that can be incorporated into everyday practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the rationale for and the approach to screening individuals for an eating disorder as part of an evaluation.
  • Review and analyze clinical vignettes to identify signs, symptoms and associated features of the clinical presentation that will inform diagnosis, level of care, and optimal treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), and other eating disorders. 
  • Utilize at least 2 recommendations from the APA Practice Guidelines on the treatment of patients with eating disorders in discussing a plan of assessment and treatment for the patients described in the clinical vignettes.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, residents/fellows, other mental health clinicians

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 2 hours
Start Date: February 27th, 2023
Activity End Date: February 27th, 2026

How to Earn Credit

After evaluating the program, participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Nancy Zucker, PhD, Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, reports no financial relationships or conflicts of interest.
  • Blair Uniacke, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, reports no financial relationships or conflicts of interest.

Planning Committee

  • Laura J. Fochtmann, MD, MBI, Professor of Psychiatry, Stony Brook University, reports no financial relationships or conflicts of interest.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

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Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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