In-person and online sensory wellbeing workshop for eating disorders: updated case series

Jo Li, Victoria Holetic, Jessica Webb, Dimitri Chubinidze, Sarah Byford, Kate Tchanturia*

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Abstract

Background
A one-off sensory wellbeing workshop has been developed to help patients with eating disorders (ED) manage sensory sensitivities. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the outcomes of the workshop in online versus face-to-face (F2F) formats among a sample of patients with ED.

Methods
Cumulative link models were applied to the outcome measures (awareness of sensory wellbeing, awareness of strategies to enhance sensory wellbeing, and confidence in managing sensory wellbeing) to test the differences between online and F2F workshops. Participants’ ratings of usefulness of the workshop were also compared between online and F2F workshops.

Results
A total of 14 workshops (4 online and 10 F2F) were run from 2020 to 2023. All participants reported significant and substantial improvements in all outcome measures. There was no significant difference in outcomes between online and F2F workshops. The majority of patients rated the workshops as useful.

Conclusions
Both online and face-to-face formats of the sensory workshop led to improvement in sensory wellbeing management for patients with ED. Future studies are warranted to test the impact of the workshop on ED treatment outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number117
JournalJournal of Eating Disorders
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2023

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