Evaluation of a web-based multi media intervention for carers of
people with anorexia nervosa
This project examines whether an internet-based intervention for carers
(or significant others) of people with anorexia nervosa is effective
and useful. The interactive web programme aims to give carers information
and skills to help them help their relative, cope with care-giving
and reduce distress, which may in turn help the individual with anorexia
The programme includes information on how to communicate with a person
with anorexia; how to support them at meal times, facilitate weight
gain and re-establish healthy eating; how to manage crises and conflict;
and how to assess and manage risk.
How is the research being undertaken?
We are looking to recruit 60 carers. Carers will be randomly allocated
(i.e. as in the tossing of a coin) to one of two treatment interventions:
the web-based programme or the web-based programme + weekly support
either by telephone or by email from a trainee psychologist. Carers
will also be required to complete questionnaires on three occasions:
when the intervention starts, at the end of the intervention, as
well as 3-months after the intervention has been completed. We
invite the person with anorexia nervosa to answer questions about
how they perceive their relationship with the carer.
Am I eligible to take part?
If you are currently taking care of a loved one suffering from
a form of anorexia nervosa and have the ability to read and understand
you are eligible to participate.
To find out more
Contact Danielle Hoyle: Ph: 0450 956 733 or email:
This project has been approved by the Social and Behavioural
Ethics Committee. If you wish to discuss the study with someone
involved, in particular in relation to policies, your rights
as a participant, or should you wish to make a confidential
complaint, you may contact
the secretary of the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics
Committee at Flinders University on (08) 8201 3116 or