UCC weighing impact of pandemic public health measures

UCC and partners will conduct national telephone survey to examine individuals’ compliance with Covid-19 measures

Prof Ivan Perry

University College Cork (UCC) has been awarded Health Research Board research funding to estimate the impact of Covid-19 public health measures on physical, mental, and social well-being.

The research is to be led by Prof Ivan Perry, Head of the School of Public Health in UCC and the National Suicide Research Foundation; in collaboration with independent research and opinion polling company, Ipsos MRBI. Other collaborators are the School of Applied Psychology, the School of Applied Social Studies, and the Department of Applied Mathematics, all in the UCC.

A team of multidisciplinary researchers from UCC, in collaboration with Ipsos MRBI, is to conduct a national telephone survey to examine individuals’ compliance with public health measures and the impact these measures have on physical, psychological, and social well-being.

The survey is to be conducted in three phases over the months of May, July, and September.

This is to allow researchers to examine the effects of the set public health measures on individuals’ physical, psychological, and social well-being throughout the different phases.

The survey is to cover important topics such as knowledge and compliance to Covid-19 measures, depressive mood and anxiety symptoms, alcohol consumption, stressful and traumatic experiences.

“This survey is of tremendous importance, it will allow us to assess the impact of Covid-19 public health measures on physical, mental and social well-being of people all over Ireland,” said Prof Perry.

“The national telephone survey will enable us to examine individuals’ compliance with public health measures and the impact these measures have on physical, psychological and social wellbeing, vital topics such as knowledge and compliance to Covid-19 measures, depressive mood and anxiety symptoms, alcohol consumption, stressful and traumatic experiences will be covered by the survey,” he added.

Prof Perry’s role as coordinator of the UCC Contact Tracing Centre sees him working with Kathryn Neville, College of Medicine and Health Manager, and Prof Eileen Savage, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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