Evaluating the impact of training on dysfunctional exercise management on the knowledge and self-efficacy of eating disorder clinicians

Between 22-81% of individuals with eating disorders (ED) engage in dysfunctional exercise (DEX). Engagement in DEX predicts relapse, illness chronicity, and length of hospital stay, as well as increases cardiovascular and metabolic risk. Conversely, healthy exercise engagement and education during treatment has been linked to improved ED outcomes. Ultimately leading to lower rates of relapse, time spend in hospital, and illness chronicity. The Safe Exercise at Every Stage (SEES) guideline has been developed to support the safe prescription of exercise in ED populations. However, no studies to date have evaluated how clinicians benefit from SEES training. Thus, we will train staff on administering the SEES guideline and subsequently evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and outcomes of a implementing a novel clinical tool into ED treatment. Ultimately, this will provide clinicians with a tool to manage this otherwise unaddressed area of ED treatment.

Faculty Supervisor:

Rachel Calogero


Danika Quesnel






Health care and social assistance


Western University



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