Participant Information Sheet
Thinking Style, Behaviour, Mood & Recovery in Bipolar Disorder
What is this study aiming to do?
There is evidence that the ways in which people with bipolar disorder think about and respond to their experiences may be associated with mood. We are aiming to explore associations between thinking style, behaviours, positive experiences and inspiration, and mood among individuals with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. We will also be investigating the reliability and validity of several novel measures of these processes.
What does participating in the study involve?
This study will involve completing some questionnaires asking about your mood, thinking style, behaviours, positive experiences of mood swings, and inspiration. Please read the information sheet and consent form carefully before completing the consent form. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Once you have completed the consent form, you will be contacted with a web link in order to complete the survey. There are several sets of questionnaires and it would be helpful if you could complete as many of these as possible. However, if you do not wish to do so, any you can complete will be very helpful to us. Please take as many breaks as you need when completing these questionnaires. Please note you can only complete the questionnaires once.
If you have previously taken part in research with the Spectrum Centre, you may have taken part in an interview called a SCID interview which asks about your mood experiences. If so, we would like to access our record of your interview to use this as part of our data. If you are happy for this information to be accessed and included in this study then please complete the SCID record consent form online. If you have not had a SCID interview with us or do not wish for your record to be accessed, you can still take part in the study and do not need to complete the SCID record consent form. Some people taking part will be invited to complete a mood experiences interview over the telephone. This will be carried out by a trained member of the research team and will take approximately one hour, although this may vary from person to person. If we would like to invite you to take part in the mood interview, we will contact you to arrange a time. Not everyone will be asked to take part in this interview. We will ask you to give consent for this to be recorded, but you are under no obligation to agree to having your interview recorded.
Who can take part in the study?
Anyone over the age of 18 who has a diagnosis of bipolar disorder can take part in the study.
Are there any benefits to taking part?
If more people take part in the study our understanding of how these associations can support the development and use of services will be more accurate. You will receive a £5 Amazon voucher as a token of appreciation for your time and effort in completing the questionnaires and a further £5 Amazon voucher if you take part in a mood experiences interview.
Do I have to take part?
You are under no obligation to take part. Choosing not to take part will not affect your right to remain part of Spectrum Connect. If you choose not to complete the questionnaires or only partially complete them, it will not prevent you from being informed about or taking part in research with the Spectrum Centre now or in the future. Not taking part in the study will not affect your participation in research at other organisations or your access to any other service or the standard of care you receive.
Are there any risks?
We do not expect that you will experience any distress during or after completing this study but in the event that you do, telephone numbers for emergency contacts who can provide you with support are enclosed with this letter. You can take a break at any time when you are completing the measures online. If you are invited to take part in a mood experiences interview, you will also be able to take a break at any time.
What if I change my mind?
You can choose to withdraw from the study up to 14 working days after the research team receive your completed questionnaires. Any data you have provided up until that point relating to this study will be destroyed. You will continue to be informed about our research and can take part in other current and future studies if you choose to do so. You can also withdraw from Spectrum Connect at any time. All information held about you will be permanently removed from the Spectrum Connect database. This will not affect your participation in any research undertaken by the Spectrum Centre although we will no longer inform you about our research and activities.
Will my data be confidential?
All information (data) that is collected about you during the research will be kept strictly confidential and will be stored securely. Online data collection will be accessible via a password-protected account only to the research team. All data collected will be anonymised prior to analysis and no participants will be identifiable in the write up or publication of the results. Once entered on to an electronic database, data will be stored in a secure folder that only the research team can access. Any data on portable devices (e.g., a USB stick) will be encrypted and password-protected. All electronic files containing data, including audio files, will be password-protected. It is important for us you are assured that all measures will be taken to guarantee the confidentiality of your participation. However, you might disclose information that is relevant to safeguarding vulnerable individuals, such as imminent risk of harm to the self or others. If such information is disclosed, a member of the research team will discuss with you that confidentiality will be broken on this occasion, and the relevant bodies or individuals will be informed. This is why we ask you to give details of the health professionals involved in your care, but we will only contact them where we are concerned about your well-being.
What will happen to the results of the research?
If you participate in this study you will be informed of the results at the end of the study. The findings will be presented at appropriate conferences and events and will be published in mental health journals and other publications with the aim of reaching a wide audience of mental health professionals and service users. If the findings of this study indicate that the ways in which people with bipolar disorder think and respond to their experiences are associated with mood, we will use these results to inform the development of interventions for bipolar disorder and may seek funding to do so.
Who has reviewed the project?
This study has been reviewed by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee, and approved by the University Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.
Where can I obtain further information about the study if I need it?
If you have any questions or comments regarding this study, please contact: -
Barbara Mezes, Research Associate
Alyson Dodd, Lecturer in Mental Health – Principal Investigator
If you are harmed by taking part in the research project, there are no special compensation arrangements. If you are harmed due to someone’s negligence then you may have grounds for legal action but you may have to pay for it. Regardless of this, if you wish to complain or have any concerns about any aspect of the way you have been approached or treated during the course of this study, then in the first instance please contact: -
Professor Sue Cartwright, Head of Division
The Spectrum Centre, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
Telephone: 01524 592430
Professor Paul Bates, Associate Dean for Research
C41, Bowland North, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW
Telephone: 01524 593718
Tel: 0300 5000 927
Tel: 0300 123 3393
Bipolar UK (formerly Manic Depression Fellowship)
Tel: 020 7931 6480
Tel: 0845 4647
Tel: 08457 909090
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There are 39 questions in this survey.