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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:

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…

Title: Seeking adolescents with symptoms of ARFID and their caregivers

The ACT Research Group at Utah State University is seeking adolescents with mild to severe symptoms of Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) and their…

Survey Participants Wanted: Parents of Children with Mental Disorders

Christine Clark is a doctoral student in Georgian Court University’s Advanced Standing School Psychology PsyD. program. For her dissertation, she is researching parental grief experiences…

Opportunity for Illinois Families

The Chicago Center for Evidence Based Treatment and the University of Illinois Chicago are currently recruiting families to participate in our multi-family therapy intervention for…

Seeking UK Research Participants Age 18+

Synopsis: A study comparing the experience of people with and without an autism spectrum disorder who have received outpatient treatment for an eating disorder.  Main…

University of Surrey Research Study for Parents/Caregivers

Click on this link to register for this research study. There is also a Facebook page with more information.

Seeking Carers from the BAME Community for an Advisory Group

We are looking for 4-5 UK based Adults who are carers of children with mental health difficulties including eating disorders for a BAME advisory group…

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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