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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 Contact: Nicola Brewin –

Purpose of the study:

The purpose of the study is look at the experiences of eating disorder treatment, specifically outpatient treatment, in those with and without autism spectrum conditions. Several studies have reported the experience of those with co-existing anorexia and autism in relation to treatment, but no study had compared the experiences within one study. It is hoped that the findings will contribute the current body of knowledge and help inform how adaptations can be made in treatment to help make them more effective and acceptable to those with co-existing eating disorders and autism spectrum conditions. 

Who can take part?

We are looking for people

  • Aged 18+ who have received outpatient treatment for an eating disorder in the UK within the last 3 years 
  • Aged 18+ who have received outpatient treatment for an eating disorder in the UK within the last 3 years and have a formal diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition 

What does the study involve?

Taking part in the study would involve being interviewed by a researcher. The interview will involve talking about your experiences of outpatient treatment for your eating disorder. The main areas that will be asked about will be sent to you prior to the interview to give you some idea of the kind of questions you may expect. There are several ways in which the interview can be done. The options available are:

  • Meeting via a video call (for example, through Skype, or Zoom)
  • Having a conversation by instant messenger or via email
  • A telephone interview. 

If you choose to complete an interview either via video or on the phone it is anticipated that the interview will last up to an hour. If your interview is done in writing (e.g. by email) then it may take longer to complete but can be conducted around time frames that suit you. Video and phone  interviews will be digitally audio-taped to allow the researcher to produce a written copy of what was said in the interview.

There is also a video available for you to watch where you can see and hear the researcher introduce herself and tell you a little about the study. This is available at 

How can someone take part?

If you would like to take part, please contact the researcher (Nicola Brewin) by email:   

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