COVID-19 Longitudinal surveys

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, longitudinal studies both in the UK and internationally, have launched special surveys for their participants to help us understand the immediate and long-term impacts on individuals, families, and communities.

This section contains the longitudinal studies that have recently launched COVID-19 related surveys. Use the list below to navigate through the studies.

If you are aware of a survey that has not been featured, please email the details to closer@ucl.ac.uk


1946, 1958, 1970, 2000-01 British birth cohorts, Next Steps and Southall & Brent Revisited

About the survey

Five studies – the 1946 National Survey of Health and Development, managed by the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL and the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies’ 1958 National Child Development Study, 1970 British Cohort, the Millennium Cohort Study, and Next Steps have worked together to launch an online, nationwide survey to over 50,00 participants to examine the impact of COVID-19. Members of the tri-ethnic Southall & Brent Revisited cohort, SABRE have also been invited to take part.

The survey will gather insights on various aspects of participants’ lives, including physical and mental health, family and relationships, education, work and finances.

Find out more on the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies website

About the studies

The 1946 National Survey of Health and Development is the oldest and longest running of the British birth cohorts; it follows the lives of 5,362 men and women born in England, Scotland and Wales in March 1946.

The 1958 National Child Development Study follows the lives of 17,415 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958.

The 1970 British Cohort Survey follows the lives of 17,198 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970.

The Millennium Cohort Study follows the lives of 19,517 children born across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern England in 2000-01.

Next Steps follows 16,000 young people who were in Year 9 in 2004 at state or independent secondary schools across England.

The Southall & Brent Revisited (SABRE) cohort follows 4,858 European, Indian Asian and African Caribbean men and women living in the UK.

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Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

About the survey

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) have launched a COVID-19 online questionnaire, covering the short-term symptoms and longer-term impacts of the pandemic.

Find out more on the ALSPAC website

About the study

Established in 1991, ALSPAC charts the lives of 14,500 people born in the former county of Avon between April 1991 and December 1992 as well as the lives of their parents and children.

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Understanding Society: The UK Household Longitudinal Study

About the survey

From April 2020, participants from Understanding Society have been asked to complete a short web-survey once a month. The survey covers the changing impact of the pandemic on individuals, families and wider communities.

Find out more on the Understanding Society website

About the study

Understanding Society is the largest longitudinal household panel study of its kind, following 40,000 UK households annually.

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Born in Bradford

About the survey

Born in Bradford are assessing the impact of COVID-19 (including lockdown, social distancing, self-isolation, school closures, remote working) on communities and families. They have started with surveys of three key groups to assess difficulties, both practical and psychological, which will be repeated over the coming year to build a longitudinal picture of impact.

Find out more on the Born in Bradford website

About the study

Born in Bradford tracks the health and wellbeing of over 13,500 children, and their parents born at Bradford Royal Infirmary between March 2007 and December 2010.

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English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

About the survey

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) has launched a COVID-19 survey to assess the impact of the pandemic on the older population of England. The survey contains questions on changes in financial circumstances, work and caregiving, mental and physical health, social contact and loneliness, health and social care, and stress and worries during the crisis.

Find out more on the ELSA website

About the study

ELSA tracks the health, social, wellbeing and economic circumstances of over 10,000 people aged 50 and older in England.

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Generation Scotland and Aberdeen Children of the 1950s

About the survey

Generation Scotland recently launched the CovidLife survey which aims to track how the Government’s COVID-19 measures are affecting individuals and their lives. The study is open to all UK residents over the age of 18 and has also been sent to participants who have previously contributed to Generation Scotland and the Aberdeen Children of the 1950s.

Find out more on the CovidLife website

About the studies

Generation Scotland is a resource of human biological samples collected from over 30,000 people across Scotland.

The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s follows 12,150 people born in Aberdeen, Scotland between 1950 and 1956.

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TwinsUK

About the survey

TwinsUK have launched COVID-19 Personal Experience (COPE), a questionnaire study that aims to understand the physical and mental health implications of self-isolation due to COVID-19. The questionnaire was administered during the peak of the epidemic in the UK, and will be repeated towards the decline of the epidemic in the UK.

TwinsUK will also shortly launch a survey to investigate symptoms and after-effects of COVID-19, with a focus on fatigue. This will be repeated after three months to understand how any after-effects or fatigue may persist. This study will run alongside twins logging symptoms regularly through the COVID-19 Symptom Study app.

Find out more on the TwinsUK website

About the study

With 15,000 participants, TwinsUK is the UK’s largest adult twin registry and the most clinically detailed in the world. TwinsUK aims to investigate the genetic and environmental basis of a range of complex diseases and conditions.

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