About APT measure of safety

This website hosts the APT measure of safety project.

**Update 24th Sep 2017**

We have completed our recruitment and are now analysing the responses from Survey 1 to create Survey 2. This second survey will be shared with all participants who have already signed up in the coming weeks. 

Most people are familiar with the concept of side effects from medication, however we know very little about whether there are side effects of psychological (talking) therapy. To help people make informed choices about whether they want to engage with psychological therapy, we need to find out whether there are side effects, also known as ‘adverse effects’. First, we need to know what to measure, as currently there is little agreement about what the adverse effects of psychological therapy might be. This project aims to; (1) ask what professionals and people who’ve undertaken therapy think are the adverse effects, (2) seek agreement on what the most important effects are.

We hope to use the results to create an ‘outcome measure’ that can be tested and used in future research. This will help us understand more about psychological therapy and how it works, allowing people to make better decisions for themselves. Please consider the Information on this website when making your decision whether to take part.

Who is organising the research?

The study is being organised by:

  • Edel Mc Glanaghy- a Trainee Clinical Psychologist in the Clinical and Social Health Department at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Dr. Paul Morris, Lecturer at the School of Health in Social Science, Clinical Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, is currently supervising the project.
  • Dr. Wendy Prentice, NHS Forth Valley, is the clinical supervisor for this project.
  • Dr. Paul Hutton is a collaborator on this project.