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Table 8 Online guided parental self-help – FBT for caregivers of children/adolescents

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: Weight gain; EDE-Q
1 case series very seriousa,b not serious not serious not serious strong associationc 1 case series with 19 families caring for adolescents with AN. At the end of the treatment (guided caregiver FBT training) and at follow-up, the adolescents experienced weight gain similar to clinician delivered FBT programs (large effect size) [107].
ED-related psychopathology (EDE-Q scores) for those with AN improved by the end of the treatment [107].
1 open trial very seriousa,b not serious not serious not serious none 1 pilot open trial with adolescents with, at risk, or at high-risk for AN (n = 12 diagnosed with AN, n = 12 at risk for AN, n = 22 at high risk for AN) [108]. At the end of the 6 family-based early intervention online sessions, adolescents remained stable or increased in ideal body weight (weight gain).
  1. aNo control condition
  2. bNo randomization
  3. cLarge effect size from baseline to end of treatment and baseline to follow-up [107]
  4. Bibliography:
  5. Case series – Lock 2017 [107]
  6. Open trial – Jones 2012 [108]