COVID-19 Studies – Participants Needed
Below are some of the studies which Healthwise Wales are currently supporting.
Coronavirus Vaccine Research
The search for a vaccine for coronavirus needs all of us. Be part of the fightback against Covid-19 and help speed up the search for a vaccine by adding your name to the vaccine research register. It only takes 5 minutes to sign up through a secure NHS system.
By signing up you will be giving permission for researchers to contact you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK.Take Part »
COVID-19 and its effects on mental health and wellbeing
HealthWise Wales is supporting a study by researchers at University College London (UCL) into the effects that COVID-19 is having on people’s mental health. The study will identify how the social distancing measures are affecting people, whether people are having to isolate, and their experiences of doing so. HWW participants have made a great contribution to this study so far with 7,681 completing the initial questionnaire.
The study is open to all adults in the UK and involves answering an initial 15-minute online survey, followed by a shorter 10-minute follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place (this will soon become once a month as social distancing restrictions are eased). Please note that:
- you can easily opt out of these follow-up surveys, should you wish to
- this is an external study and is only available in English
The study is already delivering results that show some of the serious mental health impacts of the pandemic, which you can view here.
Loneliness during a strict lockdown: Trajectories and predictors during the COVID-19 pandemic in 38,217 United Kingdom adults.
Feifu Bu, Steptoe A, Fancourt, F. (Journal of Social Science & Medicine, November 2020)
COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App
Take 1 minute each day and help fight the outbreak. Researchers from King’s College London have created an app to enable people to report COVID-19 symptoms on a daily basis. The app will be used to study the symptoms of COVID-19 and track the spread of this virus throughout the UK. You can help by using the app to report on your health every day. PLEASE NOTE: The app does not provide clinical advice and you must visit the NHS website for all advice on Coronavirus. You can download the app by visiting the dedicated website, where you will find more information, or directly from the Apple Store or on Google Play, depending on your devices.
COVID-19 Studies – Researcher Feedback and Results
Health & help-seeking during coronavirus
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and UK lockdown, people may be putting health concerns to one side. It’s really important to understand what people think about going to their doctor or other healthcare services at the moment. It’s also important to understand how coronavirus may have affected whether people do things to help them stay healthy.
Working closely with Cancer Research UK, researchers from Cardiff University created a survey in which 1,992 HealthWise Wales participants took part – Thank you for the fantastic response!
The study team will be releasing the results of the UK wide research in January 2021 to provide important information to the NHS and policy makers in Wales about how people are using healthcare services during the pandemic.
The follow-up survey will be released in February 2021, so if you took part, keep an eye out for your follow up questionnaire in your emails.
UK public experiences of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19)
Researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan and Cardiff University launched a survey in March to find out about the experiences of people living in the UK during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The study is led by Dr Rhiannon Phillips, a health psychologist and health services researcher based at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Here’s what she had to say about the response from HealthWise Wales participants.
“The baseline survey is now closed, and our final numbers are in - 8,730 completions by HWW participants, which is absolutely amazing. Our team would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this study. The data will be incredibly useful in understanding how the pandemic is impacting on different people, how people feel about the government and health services’ response to the pandemic, and what further information and support people need. We will be analysing the data and sharing our findings with you as soon as possible. We’re also looking forward to catching up with many of you over the coming year to find out more about your experiences.”
A follow-up survey has now been sent to those who took part in the first phase of this study and the response from HWW participants has been fantastic once again with 6,381 HWW participants taking part.
'The HWW participant response rates are absolutely great! This is a huge achievement for our team and I wanted to thank everyone for taking part. We’re now working with the data and can see that the pandemic has impacted on people’s lives and well-being in a whole range of different ways depending on their own personal circumstances. Relationships with loved ones and the desire to help others are things that have been particularly important in influencing how people have responded to this crisis.’
The next phase of this study is due to start in Spring 2021 to look at the effects of the pandemic one year on.
Health, wellbeing and coping with COVID-19
HealthWise Wales recently contacted participants to promote an online questionnaire developed by researchers in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University, aiming to assess what people think, feel and are doing to manage the threat of COVID-19. The researchers hope to use the questionnaire data to develop new guidelines to support people’s health and well-being and to help them to cope better with the threat of COVID-19. Findings from this survey could also identify common coping methods and ways that may motivate people to maintain or adopt healthy behaviours and avoid unhealthy living.
The initial survey has now closed having received 6,079 responses from HWW participants. Thank you very much to all those who took part! These participants may also be asked in 3-6 months to complete a further questionnaire to compare their answers and see how things have changed over time.
Contact tracing for Covid-19: Exploring Wales citizen views on the use of contact tracing apps to monitor Covid-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to what is referred to as ‘lockdown’ measures that severely limit people’s movement and social interaction. As we move towards lessening those restrictions, there is a need to track and control the spread of the infection. One approach being proposed is mobile phone-based contact tracing via a downloadable app.
Researchers at Swansea University recently collaborated with HealthWise Wales to seek citizens’ views on the launch of Covid-19 related contact tracing app(s) in Wales. These are apps to allow the movements of people with symptoms of COVID-19 to be traced so that people they have come into contact with can be informed about possible risks to themselves.
HealthWise Wales participants responded fantastically to this request for their opinions with 971 responding, smashing the target of 150+ that had been set by the researchers. Many participants also agreed to take part in the second part of this research which will include more detailed group discussions on contact tracing and the uses of data relating to COVID-19.