Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the REMEDY study?
The REMEDY study is investigating the best way to help people who experience sexual problems that are associated with taking antipsychotic medication.
Why volunteer for the study?
You will be helping us find out whether changing antipsychotic medication improves sexual problems and if the advice and support sessions are beneficial to patients. We will cover travel expenses for study visits and you will be given £30 of vouchers to say thank you for taking part.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking part?
It is possible that sexual problems will improve in some of the people in the study but we cannot promise the study will help you. The information we get from this study should improve our understanding of sexual problems associated with antipsychotic medication.
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to give up some time to meet with a member of the research team over the 6 months for the study visits.
Will I get paid for taking part?
You will be given £30 of vouchers to say thank you for taking part. We will also cover travel expenses for study visits.
How long will I be in the study for?
Participants will be in the study for approximately 6 months.
What would happen if I no longer wanted to take part in the study?
If you no longer wanted to take part, you can withdraw at any time by letting the study researcher or your doctor know.
Who is organising the study?
The study is being organised by Mike Crawford, a Professor in Mental Health Research in the Centre for Psychiatry at Imperial College London.
The study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s HTA Programme.
I am not under the care of one of the NHS Trusts listed
If you are experiencing sexual problems you may find the following NHS website helpful https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodsex/Pages/Goodsexhome.aspx and also talking to your doctor may help.
Will my information be held securely?
Transparency notice-REMEDY study
Imperial College London is the sponsor for this study based in the United Kingdom. We will be using information from you and your medical records in order to undertake this study and will act as the data controller for this study. This means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly. Imperial College London will keep identifiable information about you.
- 10 years after the study has finished in relation to data subject consent forms.
- 10 years after the study has completed in relation to primary research data.
Further information on Imperial College London’s retention periods may be found at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/media/imperial-college/administration-and-support-services/records-and-archives/public/RetentionSchedule.pdf.
Your rights to access, change or move your information are limited, as we need to manage your information in specific ways in order for the research to be reliable and accurate. If you withdraw from the study, we will keep the information about you that we have already obtained. To safeguard your rights, we will use the minimum personally-identifiable information possible.
You can find out more about how we use your information here:
For participants taking part in the main study only: The data collected on an iPad will be held securely by a third company (https://www.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/help-support/online-surveys-security/) that falls under separate terms and conditions.
As a university we use personally-identifiable information to conduct research to improve health, care and services. As a publicly-funded organisation, we have to ensure that it is in the public interest when we use personally-identifiable information from people who have agreed to take part in research. This means that when you agree to take part in a research study, we will use your data in the ways needed to conduct and analyse the research study.
Health and care research should serve the public interest, which means that we have to demonstrate that our research serves the interests of society as a whole. We do this by following the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.
There may be a requirement to transfer information to countries outside the European Economic Area (for example, to a research partner). Where this information contains your personal data, Imperial College London will ensure that it is transferred in accordance with data protection legislation. If the data is transferred to a country which is not subject to a European Commission (EC) adequacy decision in respect of its data protection standards, Imperial College London will enter into a data sharing agreement with the recipient organisation that incorporates EC approved standard contractual clauses that safeguard how your personal data is processed.
If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data or if you want to find out more about how we use your information, please contact Imperial College London’s Data Protection Officer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via telephone on 020 7594 3502 and via post at Imperial College London, Data Protection Officer, Faculty Building Level 4, London SW7 2AZ.
If you are not satisfied with our response or believe we are processing your personal data in a way that is not lawful you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO does recommend that you seek to resolve matters with the data controller (us) first before involving the regulator.
The NHS site will collect information from you and your medical records for this research study in accordance with our instructions.
The NHS site will keep your name, NHS number and contact details confidential and will not pass this information to Imperial College London. The NHS site will use this information as needed, to contact you about the research study, and make sure that relevant information about the study is recorded for your care, and to oversee the quality of the study. Certain individuals from Imperial College London and regulatory organisations may look at your medical and research records to check the accuracy of the research study. Imperial College London will only receive information without any identifying information. The people who analyse the information will not be able to identify you and will not be able to find out your name, NHS number or contact details.
The NHS site will keep identifiable information about you from this study for 10 years after the study has finished until 2028.
When you agree to take part in a research study, the information about your health and care may be provided to researchers running other research studies in this organisation and in other organisations. These organisations may be universities, NHS organisations or companies involved in health and care research in this country or abroad. Your information will only be used by organisations and researchers to conduct research in accordance with the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research.
This information will not identify you and will not be combined with other information in a way that could identify you. The information will only be used for the purpose of health and care research, and cannot be used to contact you or to affect your care. It will not be used to make decisions about future services available to you, such as insurance.