IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF CARE AND THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPS IN THE TREATMENT OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA

1. Your name, academic institution and contact details (Email and website if appropriate)

Sarah Fogarty, University of Western Sydney, s.fogarty@uws.edu.au or doctorfogarty@gmail.com

2. Name of Chief Investigator

Dr Sarah Fogarty from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine and Dr Lucie Ramjan from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Western Sydney are conducting the study and are the Chief Investigators.

3. Name of University Supervisor (if a university research project)

Both Dr Sarah and Dr Lucie have PhD’s and are unsupervised. They are not supervising any students for this project.

4. The name of your project and a brief synopsis (300 words maximum)

IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF THE CARE EXPERIENCE AND THE FORMATION OF THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIPS IN THE TREATMENT OF ANOREXIA NERVOSA.

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness (Beumont & Touyz, 2003). Research identifies the establishment of a trusting, therapeutic relationship as a pivotal factor in the treatment and recovery of patients with AN (Hay, 2013). Research shows that when strong therapeutic relationships are formed and patients experience high levels of care, many important factors identified in recovery are achieved, such as being understood, self-acceptance, pivotal moments of care and hope (Fogarty, 2013, Hay, 2013, Dawson, 2014). Despite the best intentions of treatment providers there is evidence that AN patients experience sub-optimal therapeutic relationships and levels of care from their AN treatments (Ramjan, 2004, Wright 2010). The researchers believe that the therapeutic relationship and experience of care in AN treatment can be improved and thus health outcomes improved. Recent research has recognised four phases of recovery (Dawson, 2014) and we believe that the therapeutic relationship and experience of care are markedly different during each stage. The first step in improving treatment is to obtain a more in-depth understanding of AN patients development of the therapeutic relationship and experience of care in each of these stages. This more in-depth understanding will then allow us to identify the experiences, actions and needs of AN patients in treatment across the four stages which may contribute to improving AN patients’ experience of care.

5. Recruitment details – who are you looking for

Participants 18 year of age or greater, any gender, self-reported as having had or having AN.

How to participate: Participation is voluntary and anonymous. If you are interested in participating please click on the link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/understandingAN

6. Human Research Ethics Approval Number

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Western Sydney Human Ethics Committee. The approval number is H10825.

7. Opening and closing date for recruitment

Recruitment runs from December 1 2014 to December 31 2015.