Peer mentoring for eating disorders: Evaluation of a pilot program Academic Article uri icon

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.

authors

  • Beveridge, J
  • Phillipou, A
  • Edwards, K
  • Hobday, A
  • Hilton, K
  • Wyett, C
  • Saw, A
  • Graham, G
  • Castle, D
  • Brennan, Leah
  • Harrison, P
  • de Gier, R
  • Warren, N
  • Hanly, F
  • Torrens-Witherow, B
  • Newton, JR

publication date

  • 2018