Free COVID-19 questionnaire available to study how populations are responding to the pandemic

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A new free resource has been made available to researchers who wish to collect information on large population cohorts, thanks to support and a grant of £120,000 from The Wellcome Trust.

The Wellcome COVID-19 questionnaire addresses health, behaviour, environmental, social and economic issues, including neighbourhood issues, domestic violence, alcohol use, healthcare, thoughts on the lockdown and new connections made during the pandemic. Version Two of the questionnaire was launched this month.

Findings will be fast-tracked to policymakers and the questionnaire will continue to be updated as priorities and issues change and evolve.

Those working in biomedical and social science fields will be able to make use of the data as it emerges.

The Wellcome Trust’s Head of Population Health, Mary De Silva, said:

“This new tool will help academics everywhere use the power of existing and new data to examine the pandemic. The questionnaire has been designed to be open, accessible and dynamic enough to respond to changing priorities. As it develops, I’m sure it will become an essential tool for biomedical and social scientists to study how populations are responding to COVID-19.”

The development of the questionnaire, analysis of data and presentation to policy makers is managed by a steering group led by CLOSER partner study, the University of Bristol’s Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), and the University of Edinburgh’s Generation Scotland.

Researchers will benefit from support for ethical approval for the questionnaire, access to COVID-19 relevant linkage data, access to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, and support for field studies. The questionnaire is available in both RedCap and Qualtrics.

To access the questionnaire, for support or to suggest further areas to cover, contact: wellcomecovid-19@bristol.ac.uk

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