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Prudence Hepple

Phone: (+61 8) 6488 1419


Start date

Feb 2014

Submission date

Feb 2018

Prudence Hepple


The Use of Patient Symptom Feedback to Enhance Therapy Outcomes in a Sample of Eating Disorder Outpatients


This research intends to use an existing database of eating disorder outcome data from the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) Eating Disorders Service to characterise typical symptom trajectories, over the course of therapy, of positive and negative therapy outcomes. These trajectories will then be used as a clinical decision making tool to compare individual patients’ progress with expected progress, in order to detect patients at risk of poor treatment outcomes. The effect of the provision of symptom specific feedback to therapists will be compared to the effect of the provision of more general therapy process-based feedback to therapists, through a randomised controlled trial. It is hypothesised that the symptom specific feedback tool will improve treatment outcomes relative to general feedback. As treatment outcomes for eating disorders are typically worse than for other psychiatric disorders, facilitating improved response to treatment would be an important progression for the field.

Why my research is important

This project has the potential to improve treatment outcomes for eating disorders, which typically tend to be worse than in other disorders. The use of general process-based feedback may not always be feasible in eating disorder specific therapy situations, where measures of specific eating disorder psychopathology are routinely used from week to week. There is a need to create an assessment and feedback tool that is both practical and feasible in the real world, using easily collected and relevant data for eating disorder patients.


  • Australian Postgraduate Award


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