Understanding the Consequences of ‘Social Distancing’ Policies for Health and Wellbeing
Intended to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and the incidence of COVID-19, the recent rapid implementation of ‘social distancing’ policies around the world has raised important concerns regarding the potential unintended consequences of these policies for health and wellbeing. Prior research has found loneliness and social isolation to be independently associated with a range of undesirable health outcomes including higher rates of cardiovascular disease, anxiety and depression, accelerated cognitive decline, and reductions in subjective wellbeing. Beyond social isolation, there are a number of concerns around the impact of the pandemic on utilisation of non-COVID-19 related healthcare services and willingness to seek care for new or routine health needs.
GHPU’s Dr. Emily Adrion, along with SPS colleagues Dr. Alex Janus (Lecturer in Sociology and Quantitative Methods), and Dr. Alan Marshall (Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Director of the Research Methods Training Centre) are leading a new study involving the design and rapid dissemination of an innovative online survey aimed at understanding experiences and inequalities in outcomes associated with COVID-19-related social distancing policies globally.
To participate in the study, please follow the link below:
Dr Emily Adrion