A major survey supported by the James Lind alliance was launched on Bipolar Awareness Day 2014. The survey gives individuals, families, clinicians and other professionals the opportunity to influence research into the causes, diagnosis, treatment and care of bipolar.
MQ is part of a partnership that includes charities, research funders, clinicians and patients. Overseen by the James Lind Alliance the group has formed with the aim of improving research into bipolar and in turn, the lives of people affected.
More than a million people in the UK have bipolar, in which periods of depressed mood and periods of elevated ('high') or irritable mood may alternate, causing great distress and with often devastating consequences. The survey will be open until late November.
To find out more about the project read about the background and to take the survey visit the Oxford University Hospital website by clicking on the link below.
SMaRT Oncology-2 & SMaRT Oncology-3 Trials published in The Lancet
We are pleased to report that the SMaRT Oncology-2 & SMaRT Oncology-3 trials have been published in a series of linked papers in The Lancet.
The papers report on the prevalence of major depression in patients with cancer, and on two trials of an integrated depression treatment. The papers can be found by following the link below.
The Scottish Mental Health Research Network team supported these trials with their recruitment and follow-up, and would like to congratulate the Psychological Medicine Research group led by Professor Michael Sharpe.
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New GMC guidelines for doctors involved with research
The General Medical Council (GMC) has published new guidance for doctors, Good practice in research and Consent to research. This replaces the guidance booklet, Research: The role and responsibilities of doctors (2002) and comes into effect on 4 May 2010.
Research is essential to maintaining and improving healthcare but it can be a difficult area for doctors to navigate. The pieces of guidance provide a framework to guide doctors’ decisions throughout all stages of a research project. They include specific advice on:
- The law and governance arrangements that apply to research in the UK
- Good research design and practice, including the importance of promoting equality and preventing discrimination at all stages of research
- Avoiding conflicts of interest and protecting participants from harm
- The process of seeking participant consent
- Involving adults who lack capacity in research
- The considerations about involving children or young people in research