University of Manchester

Project Ref: 343/07P

  School of Psychological Sciences

 

   Participant Information

   
     
     
 

Title of project: How does online information on psychosis affect people’s beliefs and knowledge about psychosis? A survey of podcast listeners

 
 

 

 
 

Introduction

The Psychosis Research Unit was established to conduct basic research into psychological and social aspects of psychosis and go on to develop and evaluate new treatments for psychotic disorders. It is a collaboration between Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust and the University of Manchester. Our research emphasises collaboration with service users and aims to ensure that research has immediate implications for changing practice and improving service users quality of life. As part of our work, we are interested in finding out how online information about psychosis affects people’s beliefs and knowledge about psychosis. Our team (Clinical Psychologists, Cognitive Therapists and Service User Researchers) have developed a podcast designed to help people to understand psychotic experiences. This study is designed to help us evaluate and expand the online information we have available.

 

What will I be asked to do if I take part?

If you wish to take part, you will be asked to answer several questions about psychosis, in particular what psychosis means to you and what you know about psychosis. You will be asked to answer some questions both before you listen to the audio information and afterwards. Questions will be about why you are interested in psychosis, what your knowledge and beliefs about psychosis are, and what you thought of the podcast. Here are some examples of questions:

I believe that..... Not at all Somewhat Moderately Very much so
1. Paranoia can get out of control 1 2 3 4

and

If I were to hear sounds or voices that other people could not hear, I would probably think that .....

 

Not at all Somewhat Moderately so Very much
1. They will make me go crazy 1 2 3 4

Will my data be anonymous?

All information will be anonymous in that we will never ask you to identify yourself by name. However, if you wish to take part we will ask you to supply your date of birth and an answer to a security question. This will allow us to match up your answers to the questionnaires you filled in before and after listening to the information. Once we’ve matched up the information, we’ll remove your date of birth and answer to the security question from our database.

 

Will my data be confidential?

After completion of the project all data will be stored in a completely anonymous format and therefore it will not be possible to identify or delete specific participant data.

 

Do I have to take part?

You do not have to take part in the study.  If you decide to take part and then later change your mind, either before you start the study or during it, you can withdraw without giving your reasons, and, if you wish, your data will be destroyed.  After completion of the project all data will be stored in a completely anonymous format and, therefore, it will not be possible to identify or delete specific participant data.

 

Where can I obtain further information if I need it?

Please contact Tony Morrison via email at pru-podcast@manchester.ac.uk

 


 

 
    
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     *  at any time before submitting the online questionnaire forms  
     *  without having to give a reason for withdrawing  
     *  and without detriment to you?  
     
     
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THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE
SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEE