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Day Treatment Outcome - Effectiveness of Day Treatment for Pediatric Eating Disorders

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Day Treatment Outcome - Effectiveness of Day Treatment for Pediatric Eating Disorders


About: Patients in the Eating Disorders Day Treatment Program will be invited (and free to refuse) to take part in an assessment of their eating and related symptoms as they progress through treatment. The measures will assess three main target areas of treatment: eating symptoms, patient functioning, and family accommodation of eating-disordered symptomatology. All assessment tools have been validated for use with a pediatric/youth population. The primary assessments will occur at two time-points: pre-treatment and post-treatment. On-going secondary assessments will also be tracked based on information collected at weekly rounds (i.e., patient weight, number of episodes of restriction, binge eating, purging, and excessive exercise, participation in the program fitness group, and mid-upper arm circumference). Patients' parents/guardian will also be asked for their permission to access certain information from their medical records (age, chart psychiatric diagnoses, hormone levels at admission and discharge, as well as treatments received).

Investigators: Jennifer Coelho and Pei-Yoong Lam

Study Dates: 2013/10/18 to 2019/07/31

Research Areas: Adolescent Health, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Exercise, Parents, Youth

Recruitment Methods:  At admission, individuals will be informed of the research project evaluating treatment outcome by a primary clinical worker (i.e., nursing staff who are not directly a part of the research team). The families of the patients will also be invited to participate. Clinical staff will ask for verbal consent from youth/families to have a member of the research team present the study information and invite youth/families to participate. All patients and families will be informed that their decision about whether to participate will not influence the treatment that will be received in the program. Any individuals/families who indicate an interest in learning more about the study will be provided with an informed consent detailing the study information, and will be provided the opportunity to ask questions and reflect on the decision of whether to take part in the research.

Participant Types: Adolescent, Youth, Family, Parent, Caregiver, BCCH, BCWH Programs, Child and Youth Mental Health, 

Inclusion Criteria:  All individuals who are admitted to day program, and who are proficient in English, will be invited to participate in this study. The Day Treatment Program offers intensive treatment to individuals with a diagnosis of an eating disorder who are 18 years of age and under.

Exclusion Criteria: Given that the measures are not available in multiple languages, lack of proficiency in English is an exclusion criterion. For youth who are proficient in English, but whose parent/caregiver is not proficient in English, the consent documents will be reviewed with a translator, and the parent/caregiver will be asked to provide consent for the youth to participant (but the caregiver will not be invited to complete questionnaires, given their lack of availability in other languages). Healthy individuals not included.