Covid-19 has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. To combat the rising infection rates, particularly in groups predisposed to higher risks or morbidity and mortality, extensive social distancing and isolation policies have been adopted globally. Public health services have also advised people with many different conditions to “shield” (i.e. not leave their house and not get in close contact with anyone) for a period of at least 12 weeks. This includes individuals with conditions such as diabetes, cancer and rheumatic diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis; RA), who have a higher risk of serious infection due to medication-induced immunosuppression, older age and high frequency of comorbidities.
However, the impact of social isolation and lockdown measures on disease characteristics, aspects of lifestyle (e.g. physical activity levels) and quality of life in people with RA is unknown. Also, we do not know how these will change when the measures are lifted and if people with RA will be able to resume their previous activities in the same way as those without RA. Therefore, this research project aims to better understand the impact of social isolation measures on daily activities and develop suitable ways to help people with RA through this period.
Participation is open to anyone over the age of 18 irrespective of whether you have been diagnosed with RA or not. Similarly, you can take part irrespective of whether you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you experience any of its symptoms. Click on the link above to complete the survey now and then we will send you a shorter survey two weeks later. After that you will be sent 2 further surveys to complete in the first month after the measures have been lifted.If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact Chris for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org