International Diabetes Center: SEEDS Survey

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Park Nicollet International Diabetes Center
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St. Louis Park, MN

Background and Purpose

Researchers at Park Nicollet Institute developed the Survey of Early Eating Disorder Signs (SEEDS) to identify people with type 1 diabetes who may be at risk of developing an eating disorder. The purpose of the survey is to provide clinicians and researchers with an assessment tool to determine to signs of developing an eating disorder. Too often such signs are overlooked or attributed to other factors. When identified, interventions can be initiated to prevent or diminish an eating disorder

Development and Validation

The survey was developed using focus groups of people with type 1 diabetes and an eating disorder. Their openness and candid discussion was helpful in identifying signs that were not observed at the beginning of their eating disorder. This information was used to develop the SEEDS survey. The survey was validated using a total of 280 people with type 1 diabetes and very strong psychometric properties.

The SEEDS development and validation paper has been accepted for publication and will be published in early 2016. At that time, we will provide a link to the paper and a PDF of the SEEDS survey.