TITLE: Exploring Attitudes Towards and Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Individuals
INVESTIGATORS: Dr. Ranjani Somayaji (PI), Dr. Caley Shukalek (co-PI), Dr. Irene Ma (co-I)
Ranjani Somayaji (BScPT, MD, MPH, FRCPC) and associates from the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary are conducting a research study.
This consent form is only part of the process of informed consent. It should give you the basic idea of what the research is about and what your participation will involve. If you would like more detail about something mentioned here, or information not included here, please ask. Take the time to read this carefully and to understand any accompanying information.
You are invited to be in this study because of the world-wide effects of COVID-19. Your participation in this research study is voluntary.
WHY IS THIS STUDY BEING DONE?
We are currently experiencing a global pneumonia pandemic lacking any recent precedent, caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). To date, it has infected over 1,000,000 persons worldwide. Drastic measures have been taken by governments and public health officials in an attempt to decrease the spread of this infection. These measures have included restrictions on border crossing, airline travel, work, and gathering of people for any reason. The impact of both the infection and the responses taken may be affecting individuals in many different ways.
The purpose of this research study is to assess the impact of the local and global measures as they may be far reaching, we aim to explore these measures on the lives of individuals.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN THIS STUDY?
We do not have a clear sense of how many people will participate in this study at this time but estimate it could range between 500 to over 100,000 people depending on social media promotion and site access.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF TAKE PART IN THIS RESEARCH STUDY?
We are inviting any English-speaking person, age 14 years or older, around the world to complete a voluntary, anonymous survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete an online, anonymous survey. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on certain responses which may have follow-up questions. No personal or identifying information is being collected and all data will be analyzed in aggregate.
ARE THERE ANY POTENTIAL RISKS OR DISCOMFORTS THAN I CAN EXPECT FROM THIS STUDY?
Some questions may cause personal or psychological discomfort as we ask about how the pandemic may be affecting your life. Please note you do not have to answer any questions you do not wish to.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THIS STUDY?
This is a one-time online survey that may take 15-20 minutes to complete.
ARE THERE ANY POTENTIAL BENEFITS IF I PARTICIPATE?
There will be no direct benefit to you from participating in this study. However, this study may help the researchers learn more about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and advise government and public health officials for ongoing strategies and policies for pandemic management.
Will I receive any compensation or reimbursement?
There is no cost to the study. You will not be paid for participating.