COVID-19 impact on your family and community

Background: This study is being developed by the University of Coimbra, Portugal, via the Health Geography Research Team at the Centre of Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT). The aim is to better understand and assess more fully the consequences that the present COVID-19 pandemic is having on your relationships with your family, friends and community.

Sample: People aged 18 or over.

Conditions to participate:  Your participation is voluntary and will not subject you to any harm, risk or discomfort. It only requires a few moments of your time to respond to a series of questions. This survey will inquire about your individual and personal characteristics, your housing conditions, access to health care and your perceptions as to the role being played by local authorities in helping to tackle the consequences of social isolation.

The survey is administered online via a specific platform created for this purpose. After you consent to participate in this study, you will be immediately directed to begin the survey. After completion of the survey, you will be invited to participate in a second phase of this study at a later date. You will be asked to provide your email address so that we may contact you at that time.

There are no correct or incorrect answers to these survey questions. What matters most are your thoughts and feelings. It is important that you read each item carefully and answer all the questions.

Confidentiality and anonymity: All data will be collected, stored and treated in a confidential, anonymous and codified way. Your answers will not be disclosed individually. The data will be used solely for scientific purposes. Any contacts will be made privately.

The research protocol of this study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Center for Social Studies (CE-CES) of the University of Coimbra on March 26, 2020.

Completing the survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes.

We also ask your help for the dissemination of this survey by your contacts, family, friends and acquaintances and support in filling it out by the elderly population and people who do not have access to the internet or do not know how to use it.

On behalf of all team, I appreciate your collaboration!

Professor Paula Santana

Scientific Coordinator of the Study

Health Geography Research Team

CEGOT - University of Coimbra


© This survey has been carefully revised by Scott M. Culp (native English speaker), Professor, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

A note on privacy
This survey is anonymous.
The record of your survey responses does not contain any identifying information about you, unless a specific survey question explicitly asked for it. If you used an identifying token to access this survey, please rest assured that this token will not be stored together with your responses. It is managed in a separate database and will only be updated to indicate whether you did (or did not) complete this survey. There is no way of matching identification tokens with survey responses.