COVID-19: surveys and research

Due to the need to better understand the impact of COVID-19, many organisations are currently conducting research.  

Find out more about our own research efforts, as well as research conducted by other organisations.  

Learning from our COVID-19 member surveys 

We have been running regular surveys during the pandemic, which provides our members with the opportunity to share their experiences of many aspects relating to the COVID-19 response locally, including on issues such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), testing and workforce.

The Coronerve surveillance survey  

Please support The Surveillance Study of COVID19-associated Neurological and Psychiatric Conditions. The RCPsych is one of several organisations supporting a programme run by Benedict Michael (NIHR Health Protection Research Unit for Emerging and Zoonotic Infection, University of Liverpool). The programme seeks cases of neurological and psychiatric syndromes associated with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection. 

UCL research on the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK

University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK. The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.

They are looking for adults in UK who are happy to take part and spread the word about the study. Participation involves answering a 10 minute online survey now, and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.

The COVIDA study

The COVIDA research team came together as we recognised the huge potential impact of the COVID outbreak on health workers’ mental health. They decided to urgently develop a large-scale online survey that would allow clear and accurate measurement of the impact on mental health – which factors were associated with a worse or resilience response, and importantly how this impact on mental health changes over time as the COVID crisis evolves.

The COVIDA study has several aims. Firstly, to clearly characterise the problem. The survey contains several validated scales of mental health – stress, anxiety, mood, and trauma, but also comprehensive coverage of personal stressors and experiences, questions about PPE availability, personal safety and risk, and questions allowing quantification of change form pre to post COVID and a range of other important themes. However, it also asks about positive aspects – resilience, coping, feeling more valued, and improved team work etc. Additionally, it also collects answers to critical issues such as those coming to the fore around BAME or being ‘at risk’, and finally also provides open text fields for personalised responses and qualitative analysis.