Peer mentoring for eating disorders: evaluation of a pilot program.
AuthorBeveridge, J; Phillipou, A; Edwards, K; Hobday, A; Hilton, K; Wyett, C; Saw, A; Graham, G; Castle, D; Brennan, L; ...
Source TitlePilot and Feasibility Studies
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBeveridge, J., Phillipou, A., Edwards, K., Hobday, A., Hilton, K., Wyett, C., Saw, A., Graham, G., Castle, D., Brennan, L., Harrison, P., de Gier, R., Warren, N., Hanly, F., Torrens-Witherow, B., Newton, J. R. & Steering group committee (2018). Peer mentoring for eating disorders: evaluation of a pilot program.. Pilot Feasibility Stud, 4 (1), pp.75-. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0268-6.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5934861
Background: Eating disorders are serious psychiatric illnesses that are often associated with poor quality of life and low long-term recovery rates. Peer mentor programs have been found to improve psychiatric symptoms and quality of life in other mental illnesses, and a small number of studies have suggested that eating disorder patients may benefit from such programs. The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy of a peer mentor program for individuals with eating disorders in terms of improving symptomatology and quality of life. Methods: Up to 30 individuals with a past history of an eating disorder will be recruited to mentor 30 individuals with a current eating disorder. Mentoring will involve 13 sessions (held approximately every 2 weeks), of up to 3 h each, over 6 months. Discussion: This pilot proof-of-concept feasibility study will inform the efficacy of a peer mentoring program on improving eating disorder symptomatology and quality of life, and will inform future randomised controlled trials. Trial registration: Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registration Number: ACTRN12617001412325. The date of registration (retrospective): 05/10/2017.
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