Peer mentoring for eating disorders: Evaluation of a pilot program

Jennifer Beveridge, Andrea Phillipou, Kelly Edwards, Alice Hobday, Krissy Hilton, Cathy Wyett, Anna Saw, Georgia Graham, David Castle, Leah Brennan, Philippa Harrison, Rebecca de Gier, Narelle Warren, Freya Hanly, Benjamin Torrens-Witherow, J. Richard Newton, Steering group committee

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Abstract

Background: 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. Methods: 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. Discussion: 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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number75
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalPilot and Feasibility Studies
Volume4
Issue number75
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Eating disorders
  • Peer mentor
  • Peer work
  • Quality of life
  • Treatment

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