Bipolar Research online survey by the PARTNERS2

Community LifePARTNERS2 is a five year study which aims to help primary care (GPs and Practices Nurses) and community mental health services (also called CMHTs) work more closely together for people with severe mental illness.

For more information, please visit the PARTNERS2 website: www.birmingham.ac.uk/partners2

What is the purpose of the Bipolar Disorder Delphi Survey?
Currently, teams working on bipolar disorder research choose what they consider to be the most relevant outcomes to measure. Our study aims to reach a consensus about which outcomes matter the most. This way, we can form the “core outcome set” that can be used in all bipolar research in community settings.

What is a core outcome set?
When researchers want to find the effect of an intervention, they choose ways to measure its impact. In mental health research this could mean looking at many different things for example, specific physical side effects from medication or whether people are able to live active and satisfying lives. These are called “outcomes”. When a list of main outcomes is decided for a health condition, this list is called a “core outcome set”. Core outcome sets are developed so that researchers studying the same subjects can look for the same things. This way, it is possible to compare their results once their studies are finished.

What will happen to me if I take part?
You will be invited to take part in two rounds of a Delphi survey which will take place over three months. You will be sent a link to an online survey where you will be invited to register and take part in the first round of the survey. Within one month, you will be invited by email to take part in the second round of the Delphi survey. Each round of the Delphi survey should take approximately one hour to complete.

If you would have any questions, you can get in touch with Ameeta by emailing partners2@contacts.bham.ac.uk or calling 0121 414 7866.

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