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Recognizing and Managing Eating Disorders in Primary Care Settings

Time limit: 30 days
2 credits

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Full course description

Detailed Course Description

This course will provide education to clinicians, especially those practicing in primary care and outpatient settings, related to diagnostic criteria for eating disorders and the epidemiology, etiology and prognosis of these illnesses. Screening measures, including tips for conducting a patient interview, and specific tools to assess eating disorder behaviors and risk will also be reviewed. Common practices for weight monitoring procedures that may be useful for clinicians will be discussed. Additionally, information will be provided about medical and psychiatric comorbidities and lab abnormalities seen in persons with eating disorders. A very brief overview of pharmacological treatment options will be covered. Additional information on medication is covered in part 2 of this mini-series, titled, “Psychopharmacology of Eating Disorders.”


Release Date

November 1, 2018

Valid for credit through

November 1, 2021

Participants have thirty days after registration to complete the online course.

Estimated Time To Complete Module

1-1.5 hours

Target Audience

Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physicians, Registered Nurses and other clinicians interested in learning more about eating disorders.

Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours 2.0
Pharmacology Credits: 0.5 

Boston College Connell School of Nursing Continuing Education Program is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Massachusetts Nurse Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure Of Conflicts Of Interest

None of the faculty or planners reports any financial interest or relationships related to the content of this CNE activity.

Instructions For Successful Completion And Credit

Participants have 30 days to complete the module after registration. To successfully complete the program and receive a certificate, participants must 1) read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 2) study the educational activity; and 3) complete the evaluation form. After successfully completing this evaluation, you will be sent an email with a link that will allow you to view and then print your CNE certificate immediately.


This program is designed to enhance nurses’ knowledge of current professional practices. When conducting patient care, nurses must follow the established standards of care, policies, protocols and procedures of their agencies. These education programs do not replace existing legal and regulatory requirements and rules.


Julie Dunne

Julie P. Dunne, MS, PMHNP-BC

Clinical Instructor, Boston College Connell School of Nursing