IOI-S Screener Survey: New study aims to validate online eating disorder screener

27 Jul, 2020

InsideOut is seeking people aged 14 years and over to test our new eating disorder screener.

InsideOut Institute for Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney, in collaboration with experts and consumers, has developed a new online screening questionnaire for the early identification of eating disorder risk and symptomatology in the general population.

Do the survey here

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that have a profound impact on a person’s psychological and physical health, but only one in four sufferers seek treatment.

Early intervention is strongly associated with improved prognosis and reduced morbidity/mortality.

However, help-seeking and intervention are frequently delayed due to self-stigma and shame, poor mental health literacy, and lack of eating disorder training within the primary healthcare professions.

Additionally, existing screening and diagnostic measures are often complex and alienating.

Our new online screener, the ‘IOI-S’, is designed to ‘start a conversation’ in the safety of one’s own home and will be one of the first official online short screening tools for those who feel they may be struggling with disordered eating and/or body image concerns.

To make sure the screening tool is as accurate and reliable as possible, it needs to be scientifically validated against existing measures of eating disorder risk and symptomatology.

That’s where you come in.

Recruitment details

If you are aged 14 or over, and are living with or without an eating disorder, we would love to have you participate in our study.

The study will involve four questionnaires and will take you approximately 20 minutes.

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If you participate in the study before 31st August 2020, you will go into the draw to win one of two Westfield gift cards.


Chief Investigator: Dr Sarah Maguire PhD

Investigator: Emma Bryant BPsychSci/BMedSci(Hons)

This study has been approved by the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) (Protocol No. 2020 - 363)