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Patient preferences for psychological help

Oxford Uni
Oxford Uni

The aim of the study is to learn more about patient difficulties so that we can improve the psychological help (‘talking therapy’) offered in the future. We wish to assess the types of problems that are occurring (e.g. sleep problems, self-esteem, worry) and which of them patients would particularly like treated. We hope that this will lead to services being more responsive to patient needs in the future. A patient advisory group has been assisting with the study.

What's involved?

You will be asked to complete 9 questionnaires, which will take about 30 minutes in total. These assess: worry; self-esteem; sleep; avoidance of situations due to anxiety; decision-making style; hearing voices; fears of other people; happiness; and preferences for treatment options. You do not need to have any of these problems to complete the questionnaires, as we want to find out whether these types of problems are common or not. You can complete the questionnaires with a researcher or take them home and return in the next fortnight via a stamped addressed envelope that we can provide.


You can take part if you meet the following criteria:

  • Participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study.
  • Male or Female, aged 16 years or above.
  • Diagnosed with non-affective psychosis
  • Attending mental health services.


If you would like to take part or want more information please contact the study lead:         
Study contact: Lizi Graves
Telephone: 02380 475 943