New funding secured to continue research on support strategies for parents of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder
Researchers from The University of Manchester, the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (ARC-GM), The University of Liverpool, and several charity an clinical experts, have secured an extra £150k of funding from the NIHR to continue their work on reducing the burden and distress experienced by parents and carers of children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
In the initial NIHR funded CO-ASSIST study, the research team looked at published evidence and spoke to parents and carers of children with OCD and professionals to understand parent support needs.
Through workshops with parents and professionals, the study found that the most helpful solution would be to develop an online platform containing co-produced parent-informed resources and information to help parents and carers that are supporting a child with OCD.
Watch this short animation explaining the CO-ASSIST Findings:
As part of the new study, which is hosted by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, the team will work with parents/carers to co-design a prototype of the intervention and will work closely with a panel of 8-10 parents/carers to plan research to test the new platform. The research team will also work with community groups and relevant organisations to make sure the platform is accessible to parents from ethnic minorities and refugee communities.
For more information and to keep up to date with this programme please access the ‘Development of a programme to reduce burden and distress in parents and carers of children with OCD’ pages here: