Ellern Mede has become one of the participating centres taking part in the TRIANGLE study across the UK. The study will focus on the transition from specialist inpatient hospital care for anorexia nervosa to home. It will look at the level of support and information needed during and after inpatient treatment.
It is hoped that through the findings, patients and their families will have less stressful experience. The National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment (NIHR HTA) programme is funding the TRIANGLE study. As a provider of inpatient eating disorder services for children and young adults, we look forward to the findings of this study.
Eating Disorders Research
Eating Disorders research is vital to promote greater patient recovery. Ellern Mede has its own Research and Development Committee. Our clinicians are active in eating disorders research which informs our own treatment delivery as well as sharing information internationally. All research is conducted in keeping with the ethical research guidelines from the British Psychological Society. Research projects receive ethical approval from appropriate committees such as the NHS Research Ethics Committee. We collaborate with expert colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley, King’s College London, Regent’s University and University College London on supporting people with eating disorders.
The aim of research is continuous improvement in effective treatment and the provision of evidence to support best practice and promote patient recovery. Below are some recent research projects in which our clinicians have been involved.
Putting Eating Disorders at the Top of the Agenda
Clinical Psychologist, Dr Amy Harrison co-published research in 2016 which looked at challenges related to social functioning experienced by young people with eating disorders. The study involved focus groups to explore the social functioning of 17 inpatients aged 12–17. The research paper is titled ‘An Exploration of Social Functioning in Young People with Eating Disorders: A Qualitative Study’. The work was conducted by Krisna Patel, Kate Tchanturia and Amy Harrison. It was published in July 2016 in journal PLOS one. Click here to read the report.
Dr Harrison is part of a group of over 20 European researchers. This group aims to alert decision makers to the health needs of those with eating disorders and their families. They published a paper recently in The Lancet Psychiatry Journal entitled Eating Disorders – The Big Issue. The article calls for more funding for eating disorders care. Click here to read the publication.
Positive Psychology research
Positive psychology is a field of psychology which focuses most on an individual’s strengths and resources instead of problems and deficits. Positive psychology aims to increase positive emotions, well-being and to build resilience. This approach is very relevant to eating disorder services. The research paper ‘Why Study Emotions in Eating Disorders’ found that individuals with eating disorders recognise basic positive emotions such as happiness yet do find complex positive emotion challenging. This paper was published in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports. Following the findings, Ellern Mede developed a Positive Psychology therapy group which patients have reported finding beneficial. Dr Harrison shared this work internationally at The World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies in Melbourne, Australia in June 2016 and also co-published an article in the Journal of Positive Psychology.
Click here for Research Gate’s version of the reports.
Research based treatment is our real hope for helping individuals overcome eating disorders. We need to know how and why some individuals are vulnerable to eating disorders and how to help them recover.Jacquelyn Ekern