INFORMATION SHEET

The study is approved by King’s College London Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Subcommittee; reference HR-15/16-3369
What is the purpose of the study and who can take part?

The aim of the interview is to gain information that can be used to improve NHS psychological services for LGBQ people. We want to find out about LGBQ adults experiences of being referred to, or receiving NHS care for, mild to moderate psychological difficulties (e.g. depression, anxiety, stress or other problems). The help you were offered might have been a computerised programme, support to use a self-help book, a group or one-to-one counselling or therapy. Often this is provided by a counsellor / therapist at a GP surgery or at an “IAPT” service. IAPT stands for “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies”. We also need to hear from people who were referred but did not receive any treatment, or who decided not to continue with treatment.

The interview is not about experiences of treatment received for more serious mental health problems such as bipolar disorder, psychosis or anorexia nervosa. These problems are usually treated in ‘secondary’ care services such as community mental health teams.

Note, we use the term LGBQ for its recognisability, however we acknowledge that there are other minority sexual identities not explicitly represented by that term (for example pansexual, asexual, mostly heterosexual). The interview is also suitable for people who identify as heterosexual but who experience same-sex attractions. 

What will taking part involve?

If you are interested in taking part, first the researcher will arrange a time to talk to you on the phone. This will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and for the researcher to check that the study is suitable for you. We will ask some questions about the symptoms of your previous or current mental health problem. If the study is suitable for you and you decide to take part, the researcher will then book a time to meet for a face-to-face interview at King’s College London or a telephone interview if this is more convenient. This is likely to last between 45 and 90 minutes. We will ask you about what treatment or other support you have received for your mental health problem and your opinion on what kind of support you think is best for LGBQ people experiencing distress. We will ask for your consent to audio-record interviews for supervision purposes and so that we can analyse interview content to identify any common themes that emerge.

All information gathered will be kept confidential and cannot and will not be traced back to you.

What are the possible benefits and risks of taking part?

Benefits

You will receive £20 to cover your travel expenses and compensate you for your time if you take part in a face-to-face interview. You will receive a £20 Amazon voucher if you take part in a telephone interview. The results from the present study could help us to improve IAPT service provision for LGBQ people. Therefore, your participation in this study could potentially benefit LGBQ people who are suffering from psychological distress.

All information gathered will be kept confidential.

Risks

The interview questions are of a personal nature, which some people may find sensitive, embarrassing or upsetting. You will be asked about how being LGBQ makes you feel and about your experiences of anti-LGBQ stigma and discrimination and your mental health. If you are uncomfortable answering any question you can withdraw from the study at any time.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is voluntary. You do not have to take part. It is up to you to decide whether to take part or not. If you decide to take part you are still free to withdraw from the study at any time and without giving a reason. You can withdraw your interview data from the study up until 1st July 2018 when data analysis will begin.

Will my taking part be kept confidential?

Yes, participation will be kept confidential. When the audio-recordings from the interview are transcribed, all identifying information will be removed and then audio-recordings will be deleted. Although you will contact the researcher via email, allowing them access to your email address, this will not be linked to your interview data. Only the researchers will have access to the data held on password-locked computer files. In the final report nothing will be included that could be used to identify you. Quotes from interviews may be used, however, any written or spoken reports of findings will not contain any identifying information about those who take part.

What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study will be written up in the form of a dissertation by a university student. The findings will also be written up for publication in a scientific journal. They may be presented at a scientific conference.

Who should I contact for further information?

If you have any questions or require more information about this study, please contact the researcher using the following contact details:

Dr Katharine Rimes

Department of Psychology

Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

King’s College London

De Crespigny Park

London SE5 8AF

Katharine.Rimes@kcl.ac.uk or Vanessa Fernandes [Vanessa.fernandes@kcl.ac.uk]

What if I have further questions, or if something goes wrong?

If this study has harmed you in any way or if you wish to make a complaint about the conduct of the Lead Researcher Dr Katharine Rimes, Katharine.Rimes@kcl.ac.uk; Dept. of Psychology, Henry Wellcome Building, De Crespigny Park, London SE6 8AF. Telephone 0207 848 0033.

Alternatively you can contact The Chair, Joint Schools Research Ethics Sub-Committee for the Institute of Psychiatry and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (PNM RESC). rec@kcl.ac.uk

Thank you for reading this information and for considering taking part in this research.


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