Anorexia Nervosa PDA Study

RECRUITMENT FOR THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED.

The University of Chicago is conducting a three-year NIMH study to examine the relationship between various daily life experiences, personality, and eating disorder symptoms.

  • You are needed if you are 18 years old or older and have anorexia nervosa.
  • The study requires that you undergo a physical examination and blood draw, complete a clinical interview with research staff, fill out questionnaires, and then self-monitor interpersonal events, emotions, coping behaviors, and various other behaviors using a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) hand-held computer.

If you are interested and would like more information, please call Peter Doyle at 773-834-0963 or email pdastudy@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu.

Aims of the Project

The purpose of this research study is to examine the relationship between various daily life experiences, personality, and eating disorder symptoms. You have been invited to participate because of your history with problematic eating patterns, specifically with Anorexia Nervosa. This research is being done because currently little is known about how symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa are maintained by personality traits, momentary moods states, thought patterns, or life events. We hope this study will help provide important information on factors associated with emotional difficulties and psychological problems.

Participants

The participants will be females with symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa. Below are the criteria for the patient that must be met to be included in this research study.

Primary Subjects

  1. Age: 18 and over
  2. Gender: female
  3. Diagnosis: Anorexia Nervosa

Procedures

Prior to entry into the study, a physical exam, including vital signs and a sample of your blood will be drawn (about 4 tablespoons) from a vein in your arm to assure that you do not have an electrolyte imbalance (this test is required for entrance into the study). In addition, you will also be asked to give a urine sample for a pregnancy test. You will also be asked to take part in a clinical interview to ask you questions about things like your treatment history, your eating behavior, your personality, and other psychological factors. You will also be asked to complete questionnaires about similar things.

If you are eligible for the study, you will begin daily self-monitoring for 14 days. The self-monitoring will be recorded on a hand-held computer (PDA) which will prompt you to record at various times of the day answers to a series of questions regarding stressful interpersonal events, emotions, coping behaviors, and various other behaviors. During the 14 days of self-monitoring, you will also be called at 3 different times and asked to provide information about the foods you have eaten, in order for the research team to assess your dietary intake. Upon completion of the 14 days of self-monitoring, you will participate in a brief exit interview to get your opinions about the recording and how you felt about the study in general.

More Information

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Peter Doyle
at 773-834-0963 or email pdastudy@yoda.bsd.uchicago.edu .

Investigator

Daniel le Grange, PhD of the Eating Disorders Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.