A feasibility study comparing a web-based intervention to a workshop intervention for caregivers of adults with eating disorders

Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2019 Nov;27(6):641-654. doi: 10.1002/erv.2678. Epub 2019 May 7.


Objective: To assess for the validity of a future trial, the current feasibility study aimed to compare the feasibility and efficacy of a web- and workshop-based education intervention for caregivers of adults with eating disorders.

Methods: Psychoeducation was provided to caregivers, who were randomly assigned to a web or workshop condition. Independent samples t tests were conducted to analyse the between-group effect sizes for intervention condition with regard to change over time. A random selection of participants from each intervention provided qualitative feedback about their experiences.

Results: Overall, participants reported positive experiences in both education interventions. From baseline to the end of intervention, small between-group effect sizes were observed for changes in caregiver accommodation, problem-solving abilities, the quality of psychological health, and the quality of social relationships, favouring the web-based intervention, and changes in expressed emotion in the family context, caregiver burden, perceived stress, and the quality of the environment, supporting the workshop intervention.

Conclusions: There was a difference in initial feasibility of the web intervention. A future large-scale trial of these interventions is supported by the results of this feasibility study.

Keywords: caregiver; eating disorders; education; feasibility.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Caregivers / education*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internet-Based Intervention*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Young Adult