The meaning of recovery, remission and relapse definitions and their use in therapy for eating disorder patients and therapists

Update: July 30th – **Study now closed**

Recovery, relapse and remission do not have fixed or recognised definitions, which limits their use in research but can also cause confusion or distress for individuals accessing or transitioning away from eating disorder services. We want our study to include the voices of people who have these experiences of eating disorders to understand how individuals think about these terms, how these definitions were used in therapy (if at all) and how useful they have been.

Participant requirements

  • Experience of an eating disorder.
  • Has experience of therapy for eating disorder.
  • Over 18 years old.

To take part

If you are interested, please contact sarah.mcdonald@ntu.ac.uk or jessica.williams@ntu.ac.uk directly. We can provide further information on the study to help you decide whether you wish to participate.

If you decide to take part, we will arrange an interview at a place and time convenient for you, this can include a Skype or email written interview. Your interview will be conducted in confidence by either Sarah or Jess, both academics working at Nottingham Trent University.

This is likely to take around 1-hour.

Ethical approval

This study has been approved by Nottingham Trent University, School of Social Sciences ethical committee.

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