This PSP identified unanswered questions about bipolar at a time when new technologies and approaches to understanding bipolar (including brain imaging and online mood management systems) were becoming available.  These advances expand the scope of research making it more important than ever that future research priorities are set by people with personal or professional experience of bipolar.

The PSP was funded by the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, MQOxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry.  It was also supported by a wide range of organisations including Bipolar UK, SANE, Service User Research Enterprise, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Royal College of Nursing, Cochrane Collaboration Common Mental Disorders Group, and the British Association for Psychopharmacology.  The Bipolar PSP was co-ordinated by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

3,283 people responded to the original survey, submitting a total of 14,492 questions.  71 unanswered questions were included in the interim survey.  Over 2,200 people responded to the interim survey, ranking the questions in terms of importance.

The Bipolar Top 10 was published in August 2016.

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