How should we talk about eating disorders? A Delphi expert consensus study

1. Your name, academic institution and contact details

Ms. Joanna Doley, postgraduate researcher, La Trobe University



Direct link to survey:

2. Name of Chief Investigator

Prof. Susan Paxton

3. Name of University Supervisor

Prof. Susan Paxton

4. The name of your project and a brief synopsis

Project name: How should we talk about eating disorders? A Delphi expert consensus study.

Project summary:

The purpose of this study is to gather expert opinion on ways to talk about eating disorders in community settings (i.e. schools, universities, workplaces, sports clubs) that a) reduce eating disorder stigma, b) increase knowledge about eating disorders, and c) do not cause or worsen any disordered eating/body image problems. The results will form the basis for a document of guidelines on how to talk about eating disorders in the community, which will be available to the public.

You are being asked to complete three rounds of an online questionnaire over a period of approximately four months. The first round will be the longest and will take approximately 60-90 minutes to complete. Specifically, you will be asked to rate items that describe what a talk about eating disorders for community groups should include and how likely this content is to contribute to reduced stigma, increased knowledge, or risk for an increase in eating disorder symptoms in the intended audience. You will also be given the option to elaborate on the reasons for your answers. You will also be asked to complete demographic information (occupation/role within the field, whether you have lived experience of ED, age, gender, country of residence). The second and third rounds of the questionnaire will not take as long to complete as the first. These rounds will involve re-rating items that the group may not have been able to agree on, until a consensus is reached.

There is no financial compensation for participating.

5. Recruitment details – who are you looking for

People with expertise in the field of eating disorders – clinicians, researchers, and people recovered from an ED who currently work or volunteer in an advocacy capacity (for instance, blogging, speaking, education)

6. Human Research Ethics Approval Number

La Trobe University Human Research Ethics Committee approval number - 15-062

7. Opening and closing date for recruitment

Currently open – closes March 2016.