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J Eat Disord. 2013 Aug 12;1:30. doi: 10.1186/2050-2974-1-30. eCollection 2013.

The HOPE (Helping to Outline Paediatric Eating Disorders) Project: development and debut of a paediatric clinical eating disorder registry.

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  • 1Eating Disorders Program, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia ; Centre for Clinical Interventions, Perth, Australia ; School of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia ; School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
  • 2Eating Disorders Program, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia.
  • 3Eating Disorders Program, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia ; School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
  • 4Eating Disorders Program, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia ; School of Paediatrics and Child Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The HOPE (Helping to Outline Paediatric Eating Disorders) Project is an ongoing registry study made up of a sequential cross-sectional sample prospectively recruited over 17 years, and is designed to answer empirical questions about paediatric eating disorders. This paper introduces the HOPE Project, describes the registry sample to-date, and discusses future directions and challenges and accomplishments. The project and clinical service were established in a tertiary academic hospital in Western Australia in 1996 with a service development grant. Research processes were inbuilt into the initial protocols and data collection was maintained in the following years. Recognisable progress with the research agenda accelerated only when dedicated research resources were obtained. The registry sample consists of consecutive children and adolescents assessed at the eating disorder program from 1996 onward. Standardised multidisciplinary data collected from family intake interview, parent and child clinical interviews, medical review, parent, child and teacher psychometric assessments, and inpatient admission records populate the HOPE Project database.

RESULTS:

The registry database to-date contains 941 assessments, of whom 685 met DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder at admission. The majority of the sample were females (91%) from metropolitan Perth (83%). The cases with eating disorders consist of eating disorders not otherwise specified (68%), anorexia nervosa (25%) and bulimia nervosa (7%). Among those with eating disorders, a history of weight loss since illness onset was almost universal (96%) with fear of weight gain (71%) common, and the median duration of illness was 8 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

Over the next five years and more, we expect that the HOPE Project will make a strong scientific contribution to paediatric eating disorders research and will have important real-world applications to clinical practice and policy as the research unfolds.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; Child; Cohort; Eating disorder; Paediatric; Registry

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24999409
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PMC4081767
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