SCOPE for Research: Mental Health Consumers' Priorities for Research Compared with Recent Research in Australia

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

mental health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Australia - Australia

Why was it conducted at all?

The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing found that 20% of Australians had experienced a mental disorder in the past 12 months. Research into affective disorders in Australia is required to address this high level of burden. However, to make a difference to the lives of consumers, the research must be focused on issues they believe are relevant.

What was the objective?

to identify consumer priorities for research on depression and bipolar disorder in Australia

What was the outcome?

a ranking list of 10 research topics

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?


How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: qualitative pilot study: to collect research topics. Step 2: survey: containing list of 16 broad topic areas for research and 141 specific topics, specific groups in the population that research should be targeting and specific settings of research, participants were asked to rate their priorities

Which stakeholders took part?

Australian patients with personal experience of depression or bipolar disorder. Survey: 952 participants: 754 self-identified as experiencing depression and 198 identified as experiencing bipolar disorder.

How were stakeholders recruited?

Participants were recruited from beyondblue: the national depression initiative' s e-network, an electronic database of people who have registered to receive email updates about depression and related disorders. The network is open to anyone with an interest in mental health but the invitation for the current project asked that only those with personal experience of depression or bipolar disorder participate in the survey.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.