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.
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.