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Title: Peer mentoring for eating disorders: evaluation of a pilot program.
Austin Authors: Beveridge, Jennifer;Phillipou, Andrea ;Edwards, Kelly;Hobday, Alice;Hilton, Krissy;Wyett, Cathy;Saw, Anna;Graham, Georgia;Castle, David J;Brennan, Leah;Harrison, Philippa;de Gier, Rebecca ;Warren, Narelle;Hanly, Freya;Torrens-Witherow, Benjamin;Newton, Richard
Affiliation: Eating Disorders Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Mental Health, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Mental Health, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
Peninsula Mental Health Service, Peninsula Health, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: 18-Apr-2018 2018-04-18
Publication information: Pilot and feasibility studies 2018; 4: 75
Abstract: 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. 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. 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. Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Registration Number: ACTRN12617001412325. The date of registration (retrospective): 05/10/2017.
DOI: 10.1186/s40814-018-0268-6
Journal: Pilot and feasibility studies
PubMed URL: 29750119
ISSN: 2055-5784
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Eating disorders
Peer mentor
Peer work
Quality of life
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