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Volunteer for our study looking at the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on lifestyle behaviours

We are aiming to find out what impact social distancing and social isolation measures imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have had on individual lifestyles.

Study information

Researchers from the Department for Health, at the University of Bath, have designed a survey to find out if the social distancing and social isolation measures imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted our lifestyles.


The team, who work across several areas of public health, including physical activity, diet and mental health, are keen to understand the impact of the COVID-19 social restrictions. Areas of particular interest include those changes to lifestyle habits that individuals may have made during lockdown and whether, looking to the future, we can learn anything from this period.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this study, you must:

  • be aged 18 years or over and have been living in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's involved in the study

If you decide to take part, you will be asked to confirm you have read this information as part of the consent process after which you will gain access to the online survey. The survey will include questions on demographics, and your awareness of social distancing and social isolation measures.

It will also ask about your physical and mental health as well as health related habits (e.g. physical activity, diet, alcohol consumption and smoking) and how these may have been impacted over the time in which we have been asked by the government to undertake social distancing and/or social isolation.

The survey can be completed anonymously, however, the research team are planning on running follow-up surveys at 6 and 12 months as well as running telephone interviews with interested participants. If you are interested in taking part in the follow-up online surveys and/or a telephone interview you will be asked to provide your contact details so the team can get in touch with you. By taking part in this survey there is no obligation to take part in the follow-up surveys or interview.

What you'll get for taking part

Unfortunately, we cannot offer direct benefits for taking part. However, the information that you and other participants provide in this project will help the research team to understand the impact of social distancing and social isolation on lifestyle behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Confidentiality

Only the research team will have access to information that you provide. There will be the opportunity on the survey to provide your contact details. If you do so, your details will be stored securely on the University of Bath secure server and will only be accessible by the research team. This study has received ethical approval1.

If you're interested in taking part, we'd love to hear from you.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions about this research study, please contact the lead researcher.


1 This project has been approved by the University of Bath, Research Ethics Approval Committee for Health (REACH) [reference: EP 19/20 041].