Southern Health leading global study into the psychological impact of Coronavirus
Researchers from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust are leading a collaboration group in a global study into the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.
The study, which is available online here and open to anyone over 16, aims to explore the impact coronavirus and the lockdown is having and will continue to have on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing.
Prof Shanaya Rathod, Consultant Psychiatrist & Director of Research at Southern Health said:
“The global impact of COVID 19 will be felt by us for a long time. Our study aims to investigate the psychological impact of COVID 19 on general population, healthcare workers, patients with COVID and individuals with vulnerabilities.”
Whilst some restrictions have been eased this week, forms of social distancing and isolation are set to continue for many months. Reactions to these conditions will vary across individuals and studying how people react and cope will play an important part in shaping how the NHS responds to any future crisis.
The study is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth and involves a whole range of partners across the NHS. This includes large organisations such as the Royal Free Hospital in London as well as local colleagues from Portsmouth Hospitals, Solent NHS Trust and Hampshire Hospitals. Mirroring the truly global scale of the pandemic, the study is also being shared by partners across the world, including, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Egypt and Bahrain amongst others. The study aims to not only look at how the virus has impacted on our own mental health across the UK but then compare it to others from different countries.
Professor Rathod added: “The global platform and use of validated questionnaires allows the study to assess the wider impact of culture, political landscapes and impact of different responses in different countries. As a result we will be able to understand and strengthen our ongoing responses and those for any future crisis.”
With Over 55 sites across the UK and dozens across the globe either already running the survey, in the process of setting it up, or expressing their interest, it is hoped the study will provide researchers and the NHS with much wider view of how the pandemic has affected people. This data can then be used to adapt and improve our responses to future crisis, allowing a more personalised approach to psychological support.
For more information on Southern Health’s Research Department please visit: www.southernhealth.nhs/research
You can take the survey by following this link: https://southernhealthnhs.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6h8XB1eTTWvkspn
The study has been fully ethically approved by the Health Research Authority.
The study is linked to the Medical Research Councils global health research programme (MR/N006267/1) which is led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth.