The Hub How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting your social connections and well-being?

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting your social connections and well-being?

You are invited to participate in an online survey study to collect information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting contact with friends and family members, and mental well-being.

This information will help us better understand how COVID-19 pandemic social distancing policies are affecting social connections, and how public health policy can better support people during a pandemic.

If you are interested in participating in this study, visit the study webpage

What would I have to do?

Because this study is interested in change to social connections and distress over time, you will be asked to complete online surveys every two weeks for six months. Surveys will be sent to the email address provided at the end of the consent form. Each survey will take between 30 minutes to 45 minutes to complete. The questionnaires will ask you about your contact and interactions with friends, family and household members, symptoms of distress, COVID-19 perceptions and risk, and background information (e.g. age, race/ethnicity, household income, etc.).

What are the risks of participating?

There are minimal risks to participating. It is always possible that answering questions about your health or current mental state may raise some feelings of sadness or distress. If at any point during the study you are having difficulty with your mood or stress level, or feel you need some help with your mental health, contact  your provincial health link, or AU Counselling Services.

Will I benefit by participating?

If you agree to participate in this study, there may or may not be a direct benefit to you. You will be providing important information necessary to understand the impact of COVID-19 on public health, and your responses could help inform public policy. You will also be sent updates on key study findings. In addition, participating could help support the COVID-19 pandemic effort, by providing important information on how social distancing could be affecting social connections and mental health of Canadians.

As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a draw for one of twenty-three $20 Tim Horton’s gift cards for each survey completed.

Do I have to participate?

Participation in this study is voluntary and you may choose not to answer some questions or withdraw from the study at any time.

Will my responses be kept private?

Your contact information (email address) will be kept in a separate, encrypted and password-protected file on a password-protected computer. All survey responses will be kept separate from contact information, and all responses will be de-identified and anonymous. All contact information will be deleted after all project requirements are met (5 years after the study).

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions about this study or require further information, please contact Dr. Kharah Ross.

  • May 2, 2020