What is the purpose of this study?
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an atmosphere of panic and uncertainty about the future, which has left many of us feeling stressed and isolated. In this study, we would like to learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you and your pain.
Research has shown that maintaining social connections can improve our health and help us cope with stress. As we are all encouraged to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing changes to the way we socialize with others. We want to understand whether people’s social needs are being met and understand how our social lives may influence our moods, our behaviors, and our well-being.
SOCIAL ISOLATION & YOUR HEALTH
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of us to feel stressed and isolated. This can be especially challenging for people with chronic pain. Some people find that when they are stressed, that their pain and the amount of relief they get from their pain medication changes.
In this study, we want to understand how COVID-19 has affected you, your health, and your pain.
TELL US YOUR STORY
In this project, instead of just relying on surveys, we want you to be able to tell us about your own experiences, in your own words.
Researchers usually do this by in-person interviews, but in this study, we will use computers to ask you these questions and allow you to answer on your own, in private, and without needing to leave home.
TWICE A MONTH
We do not know what the lasting effects of this pandemic will be. We want to ask you questions over over the next few months to understand how COVID-19 has affected your life and whether that changes over time.
Just taking 10-15 minutes every couple of weeks to help will make a huge difference.
What should I expect?
This study will ask you to answer questions using secure online software which is specifically designed for researchers to collect data from all over the world while protecting their privacy and confidentiality.
Once you click the link to sign up, you will be taken to our research platform, called Storyline. You will be asked to create a profile and shown this study’s informed consent. This will give you a chance to read about our study and decide whether or not you would like to take partREAD MORE
We will ask you to answer questions and make short videos to learn more about you, your social relationships, your mood, and your behaviors. This should take about 15 minutes.
REPEAT TWICE A MONTH
We would like to collect this data from you each month which should only take you around 10-15 minutes to complete. We would like to collect surveys from you for 3 months. But, remember, your participation is entirely voluntary and you can stop at any time.SIGN UP
Surveys are simple, people are not
While surveys are wonderful ways to learn more about people’s experiences, we miss out on a lot of detail when we rely solely on questionnaires. By allowing people to express themselves through video, we are able to add a human voice to our survey results.
If you would like to learn more about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or would like to find help, here are a few nationwide resources for you to check out