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William G. Sharp, Pediatric Psychology and Feeding Disorders Program, The Marcus Autism Center, 1920 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 (e-mail: wgsharp@emory.edu)

We would like to thank all participating member sites and their multidisciplinary teams for contributing to this project.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.


Research Funding:

This work was supported by grants from Feeding Matters and the Marcus Foundation.


  • Science & Technology
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine
  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Pediatrics
  • avoidant
  • feeding
  • multidisciplinary
  • nutrition
  • restrictive food intake disorder

Toward Better Understanding of Pediatric Feeding Disorder: A Proposed Framework for Patient Characterization

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Volume 75, Number 3


, Pages 351-355

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Article | Final Publisher PDF


To establish a foundation for methodologically sound research on the epidemiology, assessment, and treatment of pediatric feeding disorder (PFD), a 28-member multidisciplinary panel with equal representation from medicine, nutrition, feeding skill, and psychology from seven national feeding programs convened to develop a case report form (CRF). This process relied upon recent advances in defining PFD, a review of the extant literature, expert consensus regarding best practices, and review of current patient characterization templates at participating institutions. The resultant PFD CRF involves patient characterization in four domains (ie, medical, nutrition, feeding skill, and psychosocial) and identifies the primary features of a feeding disorder based on PFD diagnostic criteria. A corresponding protocol provides guidance for completing the assessment process across the four domains. The PFD CRF promotes a standard procedure to support patient characterization, enhance methodological rigor, and provide a useful clinical tool for providers and researchers working with these disorders.

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© 2022 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer on behalf of European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.

This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
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