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Setting the top 10 eating disorder research and translation priorities for Australia

journal contribution
posted on 2022-11-17, 01:28 authored by P Aouad, A Hambleton, P Marks, D Maloney, S Calvert, B Caldwell, SA McLean, B Shelton, K Cowan, J Feneley, Genevieve PepinGenevieve Pepin, S Paxton, M Williams, T Meddick, S Squire, I Hickie, F Kay Lambkin, S Touyz, S Maguire
Objectives: People with eating disorders, as well as their caregivers, experience high symptom burden, reduced quality of life and increased risk of early mortality. A lack of resources, disjointed vision and limited uptake of the evidence have limited the translation and implementation of research into practice. Little is known about what stakeholders (people with a lived experience, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers and policymakers) see as the most important research priorities. This study aimed to identify Australia’s top 10 consensus-derived research and translation priorities for eating disorders. Methods: Participants ( n = 606) included people with a lived experience, carers, health care professionals (clinicians) and researchers working in eating disorders. The methodology aligned with the James Lind Alliance priority setting process, which involved oversight by a co-design advisory committee and utilised a national online interim priority setting survey and co-design workshops to identify the top 10 research and translation priorities. Results: The initial national consultations elicited 1210 issues from 480 individuals. From this, 606 participants shortlisted 59 plain language questions in order of personal priority. In total, 16 questions were consistently ranked as important. As a final step, 24 individuals (with equal representation from all 4 stakeholder groups) attended the final prioritisation workshop to co-establish the top 10 research and translation priorities. Conclusion: The findings highlight the need for people with a lived experience, carers, health professionals and researchers to work collaboratively to develop co-designed research and translation activities that address the key areas of early intervention, prevention, understanding the aetiology of eating disorders and effective treatment of people experiencing eating disorders.



Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry




London, Eng.







Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal


SAGE Publications