Covid-19 Study Opportunities

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, the primary focus nationally has been on repurposing existing drugs to treat Covid-19 patients and on developing new medicines and vaccines for the future. In the meantime there are many studies on the well-recognised psychological impact of Covid-19 – whether due to the direct impact of worry and loss to the indirect and insidious effects of lockdown on our wellbeing.

We are duty bound to conduct relevant high priority Urgent Public Health Studies but have also reviewed the range of questionnaire studies available to staff, service users and the public. The ones we think are the best and which fit with our priorities and standards for research are listed below along with links. The other questionnaires are the best of a range of online surveys and there will be a greater number and wider variety of studies coming in due course.

Please get involved, contact us if you need to and enjoy participating and contributing to science!

We would also love to hear feedback about your experience taking part in research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact Name: Dr Julian Walker
Contact Details: awp.research@nhs.net 
Twitter: @AWP_RD

Urgent Public Health Studies

NHS CHECK: Health & Experiences of staff working at NHS Trusts and Nightingale Hospitals

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of all of us working in the NHS, with many of us experiencing major disruption to our work and home lives.

NHS CHECK is a major study of everyone in your Trust and many others, finding out how this pandemic is impacting on staff. Your input will help us understand how better to prepare and support our colleagues now and in the future.

NHS CHECK is open to anyone over 18 working within a participating NHS Trust or Nightingale Hospital, in whatever role.

When you sign up to NHS CHECK you will be asked to fill in a 5-10 minute confidential survey asking about you, your work and your health. There is also a longer survey too, if you have time. We will then get in touch with you in about 3, 12 and 18 months time to find out how you are doing. These will help us understand how things change for our colleagues over time. 

You can take part here. You can also download the information sheetor contact the team here.

Please record that you work for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust in response to "Which NHS Trust / Nightingale Hospital is your role based at?"

CCP-UK (Clinical Characterisation Protocol for Severe Emerging Infections)

The CCP Study is an Urgent Public Health Study in collaboration with the World Health Organisation. This study involves extracting key clinical/background information from the medical/clinical notes of service users with confirmed Covid-19 to aid in guiding the WHO in addressing how to manage and treat Covid-19 going forwards.

"CCP offers us the opportunity to learn about Covid-19 from the service users we have cared for in the Trust, and to add this knowledge to the ongoing national effort to address the condition" – Dr Tim Williams (Principle Investigator)

COVID-19 Online Surveys/Questionnaires - Open

There are a variety of COVID-19 related online surveys, questionnaires or symptom tracker apps. Many of these surveys are being conducted by universities, some are international providing a huge data set and others are UK only. Please see below for some opportunities to contribute to these important studies.

Disclaimer: We feel it is important to give you the opportunity to take part these online surveys. However we must state that some of the surveys available may have been through university ethics groups rather than the Health Research Authority (HRA) and Research Ethics Committees (REC).

For further information and opportunities in addition to those listed here we would like to direct you to the MQ Transforming mental health through research website. This site is specifically for mental health related research, here you will find something for everyone and new research is being added all the time. Click here to visit site.


C-19 – COVID Symptom Tracker

The COVID-19 Symptom Study app has been developed by health science company ZOE and it is endorsed by the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. 3,586,098 participants have downloaded the app and are using it to regularly report on their health, making it the largest public science project of its kind anywhere in the world.

By using this app you're helping the NHS and contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. By combining your reports with software algorithms, we are able to predict who has the virus and so track COVID infections across the UK and now other countries. Your daily reporting is also being used to generate new scientific understanding of the very different symptoms the virus causes in different people. We are also studying the
way that risks vary between individuals because of their own personal characteristics.

Website: https://covid.joinzoe.com/

RAMP - Repeated Assessment of Mental Health in Pandemics

AWP Trust is still inviting people (staff, service users, public etc.) to take part in the GLAD Study.

If you sign up or signpost to others please record that you heard about the study via Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).

The Repeated Assessment of Mental health in Pandemics (RAMP) study is a research project assessing the effect of COVID-19 on the mental health and wellbeing of the population. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many of us have undergone major changes to our daily lives, such as staying away from friends and family, and limiting time outside of our homes.

When you sign up, you will be asked a series of different questions about your current living situation, your wellbeing and your mental and physical health, which will be followed up with shorter surveys every two weeks.

Website: https://rampstudy.co.uk/

COVID-19 Social Study

The COVID-19 Social Study is run by University College London, exploring the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on adults in the UK during the outbreak of COVID-19. The results from this study are vital in informing the advice given to people, the support made available, and the decisions taken. The results are shared each week with key decision makers, including: NHS England, WHO, Public Health England, HM Government.

Join over 90,000 people around the UK in sharing their experiences in a 10 minute online survey each week.

If you sign up or signpost to others please use the link below as this is specific to AWP.

Website: https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=F94C9XWNW8

 

ATTACH – Attitudes About COVID-19 and Health

University College London colleagues are investigating what people's attitudes and behaviours are towards the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health strategies that have been put in place to tackle it.

The research aims to see if it is possible to collect people's feelings using smartphone technology. The researchers also want to see how this potentially impacts mental health outcomes, particularly for those most effected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who can take part?

People over the age of 16 who have a smartphone and live in the UK.

What's involved?

You will be asked to download the Air My Opinion app onto your smartphone. Twice a day, you will receive a notification to answer a 1-minute question on the app about how COVID-19 is affecting you.* Once a month, you will be asked to complete a short 10 minute survey.

Anyone who chooses to provide their email address after completing each monthly survey will be entered into a prize draw for a £10 Amazon gift card.

*If your phone plan is traditional pay-as-you-go you will pay per SMS message, if you have a monthly plan or pay-as-you-go bundle there is no additional cost to you.

Interested in taking part?

If you want to take part: https://bit.ly/attachstudy

For further questions or problems accessing the website or App, please contact Anna via email (ich.attachstudy@ucl.ac.uk) or look at the installation guide https://www.airmyopinion.com/ucl-attach-install-guide.html


 

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