School of Nursing
香港 九龍 紅磡
Hung Hom Kowloon Hong Kong

21 April 2021      


Feasibility and acceptability of an online self-help programme for managing eating disorders in health clinics

Dr. Sau Fong Leung,   Assistant Professor,   School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Professor Janice Russell,   Clinical Professor,   Discipline of Psychiatry, The University of Sydney
Professor Joyce Ma,   Chairperson and Professor,   Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Professor Thanos Karatzias,   Professor, Faculty of Health,   Life & Social Sciences, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
Dr. Paula Collin,   Consultant Clinical Psychologist,   NHS Tayside Eating Disorders Service
Professor Kevin Power,   Consultant Clinical Psychologist,   Head of NHS Tayside Psychological Therapies Service
Ms. Eleanor Filgate,   Trainee Clinical Psychologist,   NHS Tayside

The above study aims to examine the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of an online self-help programme "Smart Eating programme" for managing eating disorders in an integrative health clinic at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the NHS Tayside Eating Disorders Service in Scotland.

If you agree to participate in this study, you will be randomized to an intervention group or a control group. The intervention group can access and use the entire self-help programme which contains components on healthy eating, family education, health assessment, motivational enhancement, self-help strategies and psychological health promotion. The control group has access but limited to the programme components of healthy eating, family education and health assessment. You can choose a personal password to login to the programme which can be completed in three months. You are required to complete a set of questionnaires when you first login to the programme, at 1-month interim period, after completing the programme and at 3-month follow-up. It is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of the programme. All participants will be reminded via e-mail to complete the online questionnaires. There are no foreseeable risks in undertaking the study.

Participation in this study is voluntary. You are not obliged to participate and if you do participate you can withdraw at any time. All the information provided will be anonymous and kept confidential. Only researchers in this study have access to information on participants. A report of the study may be submitted for publication, but individual participants will not be identifiable in such a report.

If you have any complaints about the conduct of this research study, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Virginia Cheng, secretary of the Human Subjects Ethics Sub-committee of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in person or in writing (c/o Research office of the University) stating clearly the responsible person and department of this study. If you would like to know more at any stage, please feel free to contact Dr. Sau Fong Leung, Assistant Professor of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University on (852) 2766 6395 or email

Thank you for your interest in participating in this study.

Principal Investigator

Leung Sau Fong