Practice-informed guidance for undertaking remotely delivered mental health research

Louise McCarthy, Bonnie Teague, Kayte Rowe, Kathryn Janes, Tom Rhodes, Corinna Hackmann, Lamiya Samad, Jon Wilson

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BACKGROUND: The assessment and monitoring of health conditions using remote or online delivery is an emerging interest in healthcare systems globally but is not routinely used in mental health research. There is a growing need to offer remotely delivered appointments in mental health research. There is a lack of practical guidance about how nurse researchers can undertake remote research appointments ethically and safely, while maintaining the scientific integrity of the research. AIM: To provide mental health nurse researchers with information about important issues to consider when assessing the appropriateness of remotely delivered research and methods to support the development of a supportive research relationship. DISCUSSION: The practice guidance and checklist include issues a nurse researcher should consider when assessing suitability and eligibility for remotely delivered research visits, such as ethical considerations and arrangements, safety, communication, and identifying participants requiring further support. This article addresses processes to follow for assessing mental capacity, obtaining informed consent and collaboratively completing research measures. CONCLUSION: Remotely delivered research appointments could be acceptable and efficient ways to obtain informed consent and collect data. Additional checks need to be in place to identify and escalate concerns about safeguarding or risks. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Practical guidance for mental health nurse researchers when determining the appropriateness of remote research visits for participants, and an adaptable checklist for undertaking remote research appointments are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalNurse Researcher
Issue number2
Early online date15 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2021


  • data collection
  • ethical issues
  • interviews
  • legal issues
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • mental health
  • mental health service users
  • methodology
  • research
  • research methods
  • study design

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