Randomised Evaluation of Sexual health Promotion Effectiveness informing Care and Treatment (RESPECT): a feasibility study of an intervention aimed at improving the Sexual Health of People with Severe Mental Illness.

The RESPECT study  is part of the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health and Comorbidity’s theme  sub-theme on sexual health and mental health led by Professor Liz Hughes, and is the first study of its kind outside the Americas.  This is an NIHR HTA funded study (2016-2018) which seeks to assess the feasibility of undertaking an randomized controlled trial of a sexual health promotion intervention aimed at people who use community mental health services who live with serious mental illness. We are currently nearing the end of the recruitment phase of the project.

People with serious mental health issues have high unmet needs in terms of sexual health, but these are rarely discussed in routine care.  We also aim to explore the participants’ views on the acceptability and experiences of the intervention and the whole study process through qualitative interviews.