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Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for students with symptoms of bulimia

21 November 2014

We would like to invite you to take part in our research.

Torrington Place This study will look at the effectiveness of a therapy called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for females with bulimia.  

We are looking for female participants aged 18-65 who are experiencing symptoms of bulimia. This means bingeing by eating a larger amount of food than most people would eat during a specific time period. This is usually followed by purging which could involve vomiting, using laxatives, restricting food intake or excessive exercise. People with bulimia often say that they feel out of control when bingeing and the way they feel about themselves is highly influenced by their shape or weight.

If this applies to you then you may be eligible to attend our 12 week Dialectical Behaviour Therapy group. DBT is a therapy which aims to teach people skills to manage difficult emotions and break the cycle of bingeing and purging.  

If you decide to take part you will be asked to attend an assessment session where you will complete a series of questionnaires. You will then be invited to attend a 12-week group which will run for two hours every week. One month after the end of the group we will invite you to a follow-up session to review how things are going and to complete some questionnaires. If you decide to take part, please know that your information will be kept confidential, your data will not be personally identifiable, and you are free to withdraw from the group at any time, without giving a reason. 

We will give you a £5 voucher for attending the assessment session and a £10 voucher for attending the follow-up session to reimburse you for your time.

This study has been approved by the National Research Ethics Service Committee London - Bloomsbury, Project ID: 143574, REC reference 14/LO/0672.

If you are interesting in taking part in this study or if you would just like some more information then please contact us:

Sharlene Akinyemi: sharleneakinyemi@nhs.net 

Anna Hall: annahall3@nhs.net