Visual training program for body dysmorphic disorder: protocol for a novel intervention pilot and feasibility trial.
AuthorBeilharz, F; Castle, DJ; Phillipou, A; Rossell, SL
Source TitlePilot and Feasibility Studies
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBeilharz, F., Castle, D. J., Phillipou, A. & Rossell, S. L. (2018). Visual training program for body dysmorphic disorder: protocol for a novel intervention pilot and feasibility trial.. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 4 (1), pp.189-. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0384-3.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6302469
Background: Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a characterised by perceived defects or flaws in appearance which are associated with distressing thoughts, repetitive or obsessive behaviours, and significant impairment in social and occupational functioning. A core feature of BDD involves abnormalities of visual processing, although this is not typically a focus of psychological and psychiatric treatments. While current treatments generally show moderate effectiveness in the short-term, those with BDD can have high relapse rates, as they still 'see' their flaws or defects. The current research trials a visual training program designed to remediate visual abnormalities and reduce symptom severity of BDD. Methods: This is a single-group open-label pilot study assessing the feasibility and potential efficacy of a 10-week visual training program. This pilot trial will be conducted at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and will recruit up to 20 participants diagnosed with BDD. These participants will complete pre- and post-assessments and a 10-week visual training program encompassing three phases of basic visual processing, face and emotion recognition, and self-perception. The primary outcomes focus on feasibility and acceptability of the intervention, with secondary outcomes exploring clinical outcomes related to symptom severity, quality of life and eye movements. Discussion: This pilot trial will translate the empirical findings of abnormalities in visual processing among those diagnosed with BDD, to an innovative treatment method across a range of visual processing levels. This trial will assess the feasibility and potential efficacy of such a visual training program, paving the way for further research including a future definitive randomised control trial. Trial registration: Australian New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry, ACTRN 12618000274279, Registered 22nd February 2018.
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