Eating Disorder Research


Research title: Patient and Public Involvement work to develop research questions relevant to individuals with mild to moderate eating disorders.

Recently, we had the privilege of supporting student Justin Tetlow with his research project.  Some of our service users and workers were involved in the work. Justin is able to now report his key findings, which are:

1) There is a perception that there is a lack of GP knowledge of Eating Disorders. Therefore an education package may need to be developed for either medical students or GP Trainees.

2) For mild to moderate EDs, BMI is often not relevant. An alternative diagnostic criterion may be useful perhaps based on ED behaviours.

3) Continuity of Care was a priority for many EDI’s and carers. This may be crucial in the management of mild to moderate ED in primary care.

4) Questions for GPs to screen patients for EDs were summarised during the PPI events and future research could validate these.

The most practically useful thing to come out of the project is the potential to replace SCOFF.

Next steps:

Justin is going to hand in his dissertation by the end of the month, then we hope to write a paper to submit to a journal in the autumn. Justin has also had a Poster accepted for the national Royal College of GP conference in October.

We want to thank all who were involved in supporting Justin with his data collection.

Ongoing Research Partnerships

Research Studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. This research as already led to many advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods for dealing with eating disorders.

People involved with researching eating disorders are focusing on a number of different areas, including the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions, medications, and the combination of these treatments, with the goal of improving outcomes for people with eating disorders.

We work with a variety of organisations to further research into eating disorders, in order to improve treatment.

We work with LUCRED (Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders) and help other universities to recruit participants to take part in research.  It is very important to support this in order to help improve services and fill the gaps that we know are there.

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