A research team from the University of Manchester are currently running a study which aims to develop a measure of recovery in older adults with bipolar disorder. They worked with people who have experience of bipolar to create the measure. Now it is developed, they hope to identify whether this measure accurately represents experiences of recovery in people aged 60+ with bipolar. Once developed, they hope the measure would be used in mental health services to support the treatment service users are receiving and to promote future research projects looking at the experiences of older adults with bipolar.

They are looking for:

People aged 60+ who have experiences of bipolar from across the UK. The research can be completed online or over the phone so people can take part from anywhere.

Expected commitment:

Participants will be asked to complete an interview and some mental health questionnaires. This would take under 2 hours. If this feels too long, you would be given the option to complete the interview and questionnaires in two separate sessions. They are also able to give lots of breaks and pauses where needed. Those who complete this stage, would then be asked to complete one further measure 4 weeks later which would take 10 minutes. All contact will be either online or over the phone with one researcher. The same researcher will contact you each time so that you can become more comfortable with this person.

Participants will be able to choose whatever day and time they would like to meet with the researcher. They appreciate that people are giving their time so they are happy to be really flexible around participant’s preferences.

Commitment to inclusion:

All parts of the study can be done over the phone or online in order to increase accessibility to people all over the UK and eliminate travel demands.

The time and date of the discussion can be decided by the participant to make it as easy for them as possible. The format of the study including whether it is done in one or multiple sessions and how often we have breaks and for how long is entirely up to those who take part. The researchers realise sitting and chatting for a long time can be a bit tricky for some, so they are happy to be flexible around this and work with what is best for each person.

The questionnaires can be completed online if this is preferred. Alternatively, the research team are happy to work through and read out all of the questionnaires over the phone if this is easier for an individual.

Closing date to apply:

The study will run until March 2024.

If you apply for this opportunity please let the organisers know you saw it advertised by Shaping Our Lives. Thank you!

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