We aimed to gather as many ideas as possible from a wide range of people. People with bipolar, carers, health and social care professionals told us what questions were important to them. Bipolar UK put pages about the PSP on its website. Patients and carers mainly accessed the survey through them or through other organisations who promoted the survey. We also publicised it on Facebook and Twitter. 3283 people responded to the survey, resulting in 14,492 questions.
What did we do with the questions?
All the questions we received were gathered, grouped by topic and checked against published research to see if they have already been answered.
We combined the same or similar questions and decided what to do with those that were out of scope. The questions which have not already been answered were ranked to find out which were the most important.
We then had 71 questions which were voted on and a shortlist of 35 questions selected. This process involved those directly affected by bipolar, family members, carers and health and social care professionals.
View list of the top 35 questions (pdf; 298 KB)
This process generated a 'top 10' list of research questions which are now being published and shared publicly. We will then work together with researchers and research funders and where appropriate, the pharmaceutical industry, so that research is conducted to find the answers to these questions.