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The COVID-19 Wellbeing Study: Examining perceived coercion and psychological wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic by means of an online survey, asynchronous virtual focus groups and individual interviews – a protocol
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
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  • Authors:
    Ranieri V, Stoltenberg A, Pizzo E, Montaldo C, Bizzi E, Edwards S, Kamboj S
  • Publisher:
    BMJ Journals
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    BMJ Open
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  • Keywords:
    COVID-19, Mental Health, Psychiatry
Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many countries applying restrictive measures, such as lockdown, to contain and prevent further spread. The psychological impact of lockdown and working as a healthcare worker on the frontline has been chronicled in studies pertaining to previous infectious disease pandemics, that have reported the presence of depressive symptoms, anxiety, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress symptoms. Potentially linked to psychological wellbeing and not yet studied, is the possibility that lockdown and working on the frontline of the pandemic are associated with perceptions of coercion. Methods and Analysis The present study will aim to examine perceived coercion in those who have experienced COVID-19-related lockdown and/or worked as a frontline healthcare worker across three European countries. It will aim to describe how such perceptions may impact on psychological wellbeing, coping, and post-traumatic growth It will employ an explanatory mixed-methods research methodology consisting of an online survey, and online asynchronous virtual focus groups (AVFGs) and individual interviews. Chi-square tests and analyses of variance will be used to examine whether participants from different countries differ according to demographic factors, whether there are differences between cohorts on perceived coercion, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic growth scores. The relationship between coercion and symptoms of distress will be assessed using multiple regression. Both the asynchronous virtual focus groups and the narrative interviews will be analysed using thematic narrative analysis. Ethics and Dissemination The study has been approved by UCL’s ethics committee. Results will be disseminated by means of peer-reviewed publications and at national and/or international conferences.
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