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COVID-19 Research

How Healthwise Wales participants are helping during the pandemic

As well as conducting our own research, one of HealthWise Wales’ priorities is to provide opportunities for our participants to take part in other research, and enabling valuable research projects to reach participants in Wales. During the last 4 years we have promoted many studies to our participants, giving members of the public the chance to take part in research projects that can help improve the health of the people of Wales and the UK. This work has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, we have asked our 40,000+ participants to contribute to COVID-19 studies conducted by organisations from across Wales and the UK such as: Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Swansea University, University College London and King’s College London. With research topics ranging from the mental health effects of the lockdown, to the opinions of people in Wales on using contact-tracing apps to track the virus, and much more.

We are proud that the involvement of HealthWise Wales participants in COVID-19 studies has surpassed 20,000 so far. Thank you very much to all our participants who are helping researchers monitor the virus and its effects on society during these unprecedented times.

To see which COVID-19 projects we are currently promoting and to find out how you can take part, or for more information on the studies that we have already helped, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page.

What is HealthWise Wales?

HealthWise Wales is your unique opportunity to be part of shaping the health and wellbeing of future generations in Wales, and help the NHS in Wales to plan for the future. For more information, watch this short film or read more here.

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Can you help shape Wales health future?

What does it involve?

  1. Register online or by phone to say that you are willing to take part in research. This takes no more than 10 minutes.
  2. Complete short questionnaires every 6 months, so that we get an ongoing picture of your lifestyle and health.
  3. We'll let you know when there are new studies to join; you choose whether to take part or not.

Research is vital to develop better treatments and manage diseases

  • Wales faces many health challenges.
  • People are living longer, but one in three adults say that their daily activities are limited by a health problem and one in two people over 65 are being treated for two or more health conditions.
  • There are many studies taking place to address these issues, but researchers find it difficult to recruit enough people.

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