Factors affecting treatment times for eating disorder patients

Posted 15/11/2018


This questionnaire-based study aims to explore factors that may impact treatment times for patients treated as an inpatient, outpatient or both.

Purpose of Research

Due to the complex nature of eating disorders it is important for clinicians to formulate a care plan that best suits an individual’s presentation. NICE guidelines offer clear points of consideration and specifically advise that if inpatient treatment is required this should be close to home. However, in some cases this may not be possible, potentially impacting on how often a support network can be available and involved in the treatment. The purpose of this study is to ask people in remission from an eating disorder about their experience as an outpatient, inpatient or both and their interaction with family or support networks.

Who can take part?

To participant you must be:

  • Over the age of 18+
  • Be in remission/recovered from an eating disorder.

What does it involve?

Completing a short online survey that should take no longer than 10 minutes. The questionnaire will ask you questions about which eating disorder you were diagnosed with, if you received treatment as an inpatient or outpatient and questions regarding the distance from your family or other support network during any time spent as an inpatient, as well as how often you got to see them during this time.

How can someone take part?

Click here to take part.


Stephanie Eddington
MSc Student, University of Stirling

University of Stirling