About the project
This research study has been set up to find out whether there are any differences for Deaf people who have anxiety and/or depression if they use BSL-IAPT in comparison with Standard IAPT.
It will compare how much Deaf people's mental health improves if they use BSL-IAPT compared with using standard IAPT. It will work out if one is more expensive than the other. If so, does that mean it is worth the additional cost? There may be no differences.
Nobody knows for sure at the moment. It is important to find out because the NHS will need to decide whether to set up BSL-IAPT all over England or not.
Our study is in two parts (the first part is "modelling"; and the second part is a feasibility study).
The first part ("modelling"), is the preparation work. In this part we want to:
- Explore whether Deaf people who might take part in our research study in the future would mind if they were told which service to use; BSL-IAPT, or standard IAPT, with reasonable adjustments such as an interpreter. They would have an equal chance of being allocated to one or the other (this is known as "randomisation").
- Look at the national IAPT data-base. This records patients' progress during treatment. We will not knowthenames of the people involved. We will use it to work out how big a study we will need in the future to compare the two services.
- Improve on the past work we have done on the assessment tests used with Deaf patients.
- Contact BSL IAPT and standard IAPT services throughout England and ask them about their experiences of working with Deaf people who have used the service.We will ask them what kinds of adjustments they made to ensure Deaf people can access their services and find out if there are any differences in the provision of BSL IAPT services for Deaf people.
- Translate one of the tests into BSL. We will use this later on to gather information about costs and benefits.
- Finally, we will work alongside ordinary members of the Deaf community to design the best ways to tell people about the research study and effective ways to invite them to take part.
How can you help?
Over the last year, we have been asking Deaf people to take part in different parts of the study. We have now finished collecting most of the information for the "modelling" phase of the study. However, if you are interested in taking part, please contact one of the Research Team members (see link below).
Who is involved in running the study?
Please see: BSL-IAPT Research Team for further information