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Research Studies and Clinical Trials

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:

UK Study: Romantic Relationships in Black Women with Experience of Anorexia

Are you or do you know a Black (African/African Caribbean*) woman with experience of anorexia willing to talk about her experience of romantic relationships? A…

Seeking Massachusetts (US) Based Females Ages 14-35

REACT is a 12-week study for females ages 14- 35 who have missed their period in the past 6 months because of exercise activity or…

Recruiting US Participants Ages 13-18 for Smart Technology Study

  “Smart Technology for Anorexia Nervosa Recovery: A Focus Group for the Post-Acute Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa – Recruiting US Participants” This study is being…

Looking for UK Siblings Ages 18-25




Seeking Research Participants in Rural Ontario Canada

Researchers at Trent University are seeking individuals living or serving in rural Ontario to participate in 60–90-minute focus groups and 30–60-minute interviews via Zoom about…

Stanford Study Offers Free Self-Help Resources (US only)

The Stanford Eating Disorders Research Program is recruiting US based parents who have a child aged 5-24 with eating disorder symptoms (18+ must be living…

Seeking UK Research Participants: Lived Experiences of Autistic and Non-Autistic Individuals With AN

What factors affect disordered eating in autistic and non-autistic individuals? Do social or sensory differences play a role? We would like to explore lived experiences…

UK Research Participation Opportunity

Study Title: What roles do siblings play in their family and how does this affect their help-seeking and coping styles? What is the research about?…

U.S. Based Relapse Prevention Study

Eat Lab is looking for US residents ages 18-65 to participate in an online relapse prevention study. This study is a clinical trial comparing two…

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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