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
|I believe that.....
||Not at all
||Very much so
|1. Paranoia can get out of control
If I were to hear
sounds or voices that other people could not hear, I would probably
think that .....
|Not at all
|1. They will make me go crazy
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
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?
contact Tony Morrison via email at