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COVID-19 Studies

Covid-19 Studies

COVID-19 Studies – Participants Needed

Below are some of the studies which Healthwise Wales are currently supporting.

COVID-19 and its effects on mental health and wellbeing

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 4,400 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
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COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App

Covid-19 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

UK public experiences of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) – Update: Phase 2 has started.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

A follow-up survey has now been sent to those who took part in the first phase of this study (see below). The response from HWW participants has again been fantastic with 5,734 HWW participants taking part so far.

If you have received an invitation to the follow-up survey, but haven’t completed it yet, please do it as soon as you can. This will provide vital information on how our lives have changed over the course of the last 3 months.


Background and information about phase 1 of this study

Researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan and Cardiff University recently launched a survey 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 - 8,986 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.”

Health, wellbeing and coping with COVID-19

Health and Wellbeing

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

Health and Wellbeing

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.

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