The Well-being, Interventions and Strategies during Epidemics (WISE) study is taking place to find out how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has influenced the mental health and wellbeing of people living in Irish communities who are aged over 65 years old.
We hope to better understand their experiences, perspectives, and how the pandemic has changed their daily life.
Results from the study will help to inform best practices about how to support mental health and wellbeing of older people during public health crises and as we emerge from COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions
Who can take part?
We are inviting you to participate if you are aged 65 years old or over, and currently live in Ireland. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to invite people living in nursing homes.
What will taking part in WISE involve?
There are three ways you can get involved:
Who is conducting and funding the research?
This research project is part of a PhD project based at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The project is led by PhD Scholar Dr Viveka Guzman, under the supervision of Dr Maria Pertl, Dr Frank Doyle, and Dr Ronan Foley.
Will my data be kept safe?
Yes. All information we collect will be kept secure and in confidence. For more information about how we keep your information safe, please see our Privacy and Data Protection Notice.
When and where will WISE interviews take place?
Interviews can be completed over the phone, or a videoconferencing software in any type of device (e.g., a computer, tablet or smartphone), or face-to-face (according to the public health recommendations in place).
Are there any risks from participating in this research?
There are no significant risks from participation. If you decide to take part in this study and you prefer not to discuss any particulat themes, it will be absolutely fine to move on to a different discussion topic. You may also pause or decide to stop the interview at any time with no disadvantage to yourself.
How can the study possibly benefit me or others?
We hope taking part in the study will be an enjoyable experience and an opportunity to share your story your way. We believe that learning the problems you faced and how you coped with them will help others who may find themselves in similar situations now or in the future.
Do participants receive payment?
You will not be paid for participation in this study.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Will interviews be recorded?
Yes, with your consent all interviews will be recorded for transcription.
How can I return my COVID-19 diary?
Once you have completed your COVID-19 diary, there are a few options on how to return your contribution: