Do you experience psychosis?
Are in contact with a community mental health service?
We are looking for people who experience psychosis to take part in a research trial looking at possible benefits of Attention Training Technique (ATT) to help with difficulties associated with psychosis.
What is this research?
iATTp is a research trial looking at whether ATT is helpful for people who are experiencing psychosis. ATT aims to help a person build skills in selecting their attention.
What are the benefits of taking part in research?
Research studies like the iATTp trial are important to help develop the best possible help for people experiencing mental health or emotional difficulties. Whether or not you receive therapy in this trial, feedback from previous studies suggests that trial participants often feel good about being part of something that could help provide better care for others in the future.
What will happen if I choose to take part?
If you are interested in taking part, one of our research assistants will get in touch to discuss the further detail with you. We will provide you with enough information to make an informed decision and answer any questions that you might have. We may also need to talk to someone who already knows you such as a GP, care coordinator or mental health professional to make sure that the iATTp trial is suitable for you.
What is Attention Training Technique?
Previous research has suggested that people who have experiences of psychosis, such as hearing voices or having beliefs that ot hers do not seem to share or agree with, may have patterns of thinking that significantly pull at their attention. People can get locked into this self-focussed attention which may reinforce and maintain these experiences.
ATT helps a person develop skills in how they select their attention. We know from previous research that ATT can be effective in treating difficulties such as generalised anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. ATT could potentially provide advantages for people who experience psychosis but we need to further investigate this to find out.
In order to compensate you for your time or other expenses we will offer you £20 at each assessment point (i.e. after the initial assessment, and at your 3, 6, and 12 month follow-ups) totaling £80.
You can leave the study at any time. This will not affect your care.
How can I find out more?
If you would like more information, we are more than happy for you to contact a member of the research team.
To discuss taking part in this study, please contact:
Lydia Pearson (Research Assistant) on 0161 358 1863/07827 903 300
Sophie Parker (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) on 0161 358 1395 / 07767 755 790
Nikki Dehmahdi (Research Assistant) 07500 972 844