Request for Proposals for Medical Care Guidelines Study
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Application Deadline: October 1, 2014
The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is now accepting proposals from qualified researchers to investigate the efficacy of the medical guide entitled, Eating Disorders: Critical Points for Early Recognition and Medical Risk Management in the Care of Individuals with Eating Disorders (hereafter referred to as the Guide). The Guide was developed by the AED Medical Care Standards Taskforce.
The AED is interested in examining the utility of the Guide in increasing healthcare professionals’ knowledge of eating disorders, as well as the degree to which it improves healthcare providers’ ability to detect eating disorder symptoms in patients and make appropriate referrals to specialists.
Objective 1: To examine the effects of the brochure on healthcare providers’:
1. Knowledge of eating disorders;
2. Skills in detecting eating disorder symptoms in their patients; and,
3. Ability to refer those found to be symptomatic to appropriate specialists.
Objective 2: To determine which media format is most appropriate for dissemination of the brochure (e.g., paper print, electronic copy, downloadable app, etc.).
The AED will provide the winning research team with copies of the brochure form of the Guide to use in their study. The research team will be responsible for designing the efficacy study, obtaining human subjects research approval from the appropriate institution, and carrying out the study, including data collection, data analysis, and providing a final report of results with recommendations to the AED. The study results may then be used to revise the brochure and dissemination protocol as well as develop additional educational modalities to enhance healthcare providers’ knowledge of eating disorders and ability to detect symptoms in patients and make appropriate referrals.
$10,000 direct costs (indirect costs not permitted; other non-allowable costs include: computers, travel to present results of study (however, travel to collect data is allowable).
Application deadline: October 1, 2014
Applicants will be contacted by December 1, 2014
Award winner will have one year from receipt of funds to complete the study with potential for a no-cost extension.
Proposals: Proposals should be no more than five single-spaced pages and should include specific aims and a detailed research plan that clearly outlines proposed methodology. Please also include separately a detailed budget (one page), budget justification (one page), and a current CV for all principal and co-investigators.
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