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Table 13 Moderated online caregiver forums and teleconferenced caregiver support groups for caregivers of children/adolescents and emerging adults

From: The COVID-19 pandemic and eating disorders in children, adolescents, and emerging adults: virtual care recommendations from the Canadian consensus panel during COVID-19 and beyond

Certainty assessment Impact Certainty Importance
№ of studies Study design Risk of bias Inconsistency Indirectness Imprecision Other considerations
Outcomes: Feasibility and acceptability
1 open trial very seriousa,b not serious not serious not serious none 1 pilot open trial with 13 caregivers with a child with AN [116]. The virtual chat room sessions led by an FBT-trained therapist had high satisfaction ratings (91.7%; feasibility and acceptability) among caregivers. Caregivers reported looking forward to the chat sessions and that they were accessible, convenient, and easy to use.
1 case report very seriousa,b   not serious not serious none 1 case report with 6 caregivers with a child with an ED, participating in teleconferencing group sessions to foster caregiver support [117]. Monthly in-person meetings were added as more participants became interested. Overall, caregivers in the teleconferencing support groups felt they were helpful for those who feel emotionally isolated (feasibility and acceptability), but in-person meetings for support may be more ideal.
  1. aNo control condition
  2. bNo randomization
  3. Bibliography:
  4. Open trial – Binford Hopf 2013 [116]
  5. Case report – Marx 2006 [117]