Friday, September 20, 2019

Research Studies Recruiting Participants

Benzodiazepine/anti-anxiety/sleeping medication questionnaire

Researchers at Australia’s Deakin University, School of Psychology, are investigating barriers long-term “benzo” users face when asked to reduce or stop their medication. The findings will be used to inform healthcare practitioners of more client-centred approaches to deprescribing benzos/z-drugs, to reduce the potential harms associated with abrupt discontinuation.

To date, few studies have considered important psychological factors (e.g. beliefs about long-term use of BDZs) with regard to long-term use of benzos, which means we currently lack a detailed understanding of what processes lead to stopping benzo/z-drug use. This research will explore the thoughts, beliefs, and experiences of people taking benzos/z-drugs over a six-month period, to uncover how long-term users come to the decision to stop taking their medication.

Seeking adults over 18 years who are prescribed and regularly take a benzodiazepine or z-drug (e.g. Valium, Serepax, Paxam, Imovane). This study involves a series of questionnaires to be completed over a six-month period. They will involve questions about your demographics, benzodiazepine use and importantly, your experiences with taking them. It will also ask a few questions about your psychological & physical health. The results of this project will inform prescribers of more patient-centred approaches to prescribing these medications. More information and access to the survey here.

Study on Professional Treatment of Psychological Disorders: Approaches to Care

If you are a doctor, therapist, nurse, social worker, etc. and provide mental health services to people experiencing psychological problems, we would appreciate your participation in our anonymous study. The online questionnaire is meant to examine attitudes regarding the causes of psychological disorders, diagnostic practices, and the treatment of psychological disorders.

If you would like to contribute by sharing your views and expertise on this topic, please follow this link to the online survey.

This study has been approved by the Longwood University Institutional Review Board. The questionnaire contains 45 questions and should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chris Bjornsen, Professor of Psychology, Longwood University.

University of Manchester study on metacognitive beliefs

Metacognitive beliefs are beliefs we have about our thoughts. Trainee clinical psychologists at University of Manchester are looking at the development of metacognitive beliefs and the impact they have on emotional wellbeing. We are hoping to better understand who is more likely to develop these beliefs.

We are recruiting participants over the age of 18 years, with a good understanding of English, to complete an online questionnaire.

Our study has received ethical approval from the University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee [approval ID: 2019-5465-9975]

Click here to watch a video with more information about the study.

University of Manchester study on psychological processes in psychosis

Take part in a research study exploring the role of psychological processes in psychotic experiences. We are looking for people who have had experiences of psychosis, like feeling suspicious or paranoid, hearing voices or seeing things that other people cannot.

You will be asked to complete several online questionnaires that will help us to understand the processes that influence the development of these experiences. The information you provide will be anonymous, meaning that no one can identify you from the information you give us.

If you would like to take part, please follow this link to the online survey.

This project has been approved by the University of Manchester Research Ethics Committee [Ref: 2019-5562-9487]. We expect that completing this survey will take around 30 – 45 minutes. You will have the option to enter a Prize Draw to win one of four high street shopping vouchers.

For more information, please contact the researchers: Amy Degnan or Charlotte Humphrey (Trainee Clinical Psychologists)

WHO QualityRights Survey

The WHO Quality Rights initiative is working to improve access to quality mental health services globally and to promote the human rights of people with mental health conditions and psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities.  As part of this initiative we are developing a good practice guidance document which will present information on community-based mental health services that promote human rights and the recovery approach.

We are contacting conducting the survey to identify people-centered services that operate without coercion, and that respond to people’s needs by promoting autonomy, inclusion in the community, and the involvement of people with lived experience at all levels of decision-making. This should include services that support people experiencing acute crises but that do not resort to force, coercion, involuntary admission and treatment or the use of seclusion and restraints. 

By completing the questionnaire in the link at the bottom of this email, you will have the opportunity to submit up to five mental health services that you believe should be considered as a good practice.  By participating, you can contribute to shaping the future of mental health services.

Anybody who is involved in providing a service, has experience of using a service, or knows of a service is welcome to complete the questionnaire.

For responses IN ENGLISH: Here

For responses IN SPANISH: Here

For responses IN FRENCH: Here

For responses IN PORTUGUESE: Here

MIA Survey on Involuntary/Assisted Outpatient Treatment

MIA is conducting a survey of people who have experienced an involuntary or assisted outpatient treatment order. The survey takes 10 minutes to complete.

MOMS (Movement of Mothers/others Standing Up Together) and Rethinking Psychiatry Survey

Survey Link:

MOMS (Movement of Mothers/others Standing up Together) and Rethinking Psychiatry advocate for person-centered, comprehensive solutions. The people most impacted by the mental health system must have a critical, influential, ongoing say in the design and decision-making process. These solutions must center on the voices of individuals impacted, and organizations made up of people with lived experience. We believe that this is a vital part of long-term recovery.

If you have experienced involuntary hospitalization, we want to hear about your experiences. This is why we are conducting this survey – to give a voice to those who have been directly impacted by involuntary hospitalization. We will be using a summary of the survey results in our work to advocate for alternatives to hospitalization.  

In 2018,  the educational site Mad in America did a survey of approximately 500 people throughout the nation about their prior experience with psychiatric hospitalization.

With permission from Robert Whitaker of Mad in America, we are using the same survey, tailored to WA and OR.

This survey is anonymous and confidential. As MIA did, we will publish the summary of our results and may share comments anonymously. If you do not want your comment shared please tell us that in the comments.

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at [email protected].