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Clinical Trials and Other Research Studies

“Embrace the Data”  Daniel Le Grange, PhD, F.E.A.S.T. Advisor

Research and the Treatment of Eating Disorders

F.E.A.S.T. supports evidenced-based treatment of eating disorders. This means patient care must be based on verifiable data. This data primarily arises from research studies. Studies are designed to evaluate and compare the effects of different treatment approaches on health outcomes.

Since health care costs are often a serious burden, enrolling in a clinical trial may be seen as a way to obtain otherwise expensive care at no cost to participants. Generally speaking, participants in a clinical trial have a desire to find an effective treatment (benefit to self) and a desire to add to the body of knowledge for others suffering from the same disease (benefit to others).

All reputable clinical studies should undergo review by an institutional review board (IRB), also known as an independent ethics committee or ethical review board.

F.E.A.S.T. does not endorse any particular study. Our goal is to offer caregivers and patients who may be considering this option, information that can help with this determination. We believe the decision to participate in a clinical trial is highly individual and best made between caregivers and their medical and therapeutic team.

Email F.E.A.S.T. staff if you have a research study or survey you would like to have us post below.

Research Currently Seeking Participants:

Research Study For Females With Restrictive Eating Behaviors

The Neuroendocrine Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital is currently enrolling 16 to 26-year-old girls and young women. Posted at the request of the researchers…

Australian Parent Study – Prevention, Early Intervention, Support

What can we learn from parents who have had a child experience eating disorder?Implications for prevention, early intervention and parental support Hi All, I am…

Comparing Standard FBT and Guided Self-Help FBT


Improving Professionals’ Understanding of eating disorders

Posted by the request of the researcher: Questionnaire Carers & Individuals with an Eating Disorder I am contacting a wide range of people who I…

Adults Wanted for Free Group Therapy Trial – Melbourne, Australia

Experiential Awareness Therapy: A feasibility and pilot trial, comparing Experiential Awareness Therapy with best practice Posted by request of the researcher: Experiential Awareness Therapy: A…

UK Carers of Children With Anorexia Wanted

Posted by request of the researcher: I am a postgraduate psychology student and also the carer of a 15 year old boy with anorexia.  I…

Neurobiology of Eating Disorders

Posted by request of the researchers Researchers at UC San Diego Center for Treatment and Research, are currently seeking individuals who have been recovered from…

Fathers’ experiences of their sons’ eating disorder

POSTED BY REQUEST OF THE RESEARCHER: What is the purpose of the research? This research forms the basis of a counselling psychology doctorate thesis.  There…

Interoception and eating behaviors

Posted by request: To whom it may concern, My name is Melissa Barker and I am a PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London.…

Parent Volunteers Needed for Eating Disorder Recovery Research Study

Posted by request: Mayo Clinic researchers are conducting a study examining parents’ perspectives on eating disorder recovery. We believe that parents have valuable information about…

Important Considerations:

  • If you are considering a randomized interventional trial, it is important to review all of the treatment arms (control and interventions) that will be offered. Patients randomized into “control” groups would not receive the experimental treatment or medications that are under investigation. Typically, control groups would receive placebo medications or other traditional modes of treatment. If this would be a concern to your family, it is important to directly communicate that information to the investigation staff during the application process.
  • Patient safety requires that a complete and accurate medical history must be provided during the application process. It is essential to review the time commitment, special testing requirements, and all logistical aspects of study participation.
  • When considering a pharmaceutical interventional trial, carefully review the risks and benefits of medications being tested, including potential side effects.
  • After reviewing the study protocol, write down any questions you may have. You can ask for all answers to be provided in writing. Be sure you are comfortable with the protocols and objectives, care during and after study completion, the research team itself, and the setting where care will be provided. It’s important to consider how every requirement of participation will impact your family and your child, before consenting to any study.
  • You may speak with one of the investigators at any time if you have concerns about the study itself or other staff members.
  • We encourage all families considering this option for care to thoroughly review these questions.
  • Although you may withdraw at any time, it is best not to enroll in a study if you have reservations from the onset.
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