The Centre for Pediatric Eating Disorder Research at CHEO is looking to evaluate the success of treatment programs, such as day treatment and inpatient programs. The project examines what type of patients use the services and aims to determine which patients get better, stay the same, or get worse, and why. Researchers are conducting a provincial multisite study investigating these questions and working toward a national multisite study. The team is also investigating whether a wait list intervention (interactive parent psychoeducation workshop and regular telephone support from a registered nurse specialized in eating disorders) for patients and families who are on a wait list actually improves patient outcomes. As well, researchers are examining the effects of psychopharmacology as an adjunctive treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.
In collaboration with other research teams, the Centre has a lead role in the REAL project. This is a research project examining eating and adolescent lifestyles with the goal to understanding the development of eating disorders and obesity within a joint theoretical framework.