Last updated on July 2020

Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on NIMH Research Participants and Volunteers


Brief description of study

Background

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many changes to people s normal social patterns. The respiratory illness has been the major focus of public health efforts. But most experts also agree that government and public health mandates to slow the spread of the illness, such as social distancing, have a significant effect on people s mental health. Environmental stressors, such as constraints on activities, social contact, and access to resources, take a toll. Researchers want to learn how stressors related to COVID-19 affect mental health over time.

Objective: To learn the relationship between stressors related to COVID-19 and self-rated measures of mental health symptoms and distress among a range of people.

Eligibility

English-speaking adults ages 18 and older

Design

This study will be conducted online.

Participants will give their first and last name and email address. They will indicate if they have ever been in an NIH research study. They will get a username and password.

Every 2 weeks for up to 6 months, participants will complete online study surveys. They will get email reminders. Some surveys will be repeated. At the end of the study, they will complete a set of end-of-study surveys.

The surveys will ask about the following:

Age, sex, race, and other sociodemographic data

Mental and medical illness history and treatment

Family medical history

Mobility, self-care, and life activities

Behaviors related to alcohol and substance use disorder

Mental illness symptoms

Psychological distress

Stressors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will get links to mental health resources, such as hotlines. They will also get guidance on steps to take to seek care or support.

Study website: nimhcovidstudy.ctss.nih.gov

Detailed Study Description

Study Description: This protocol leverages existing NIMH studies and participants to accomplish time-sensitive research on the mental health impact of environmental stressors imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The study will describe the relationship between stressors related to COVID-19 and self-rated measures of mental health symptoms and distress among a range of participants including various patient populations and healthy volunteers. The utilization of a study website to consent and survey participants online is an efficient and timely way to collect research data during this unique public health crisis.

Objectives: The primary objective is to describe the relationship between stressors related to COVID-19 and self-rated measures of mental health symptoms and distress among a range of participants including various patient populations and healthy volunteers. The secondary objectives are to determine whether existing mental health concerns moderates this relationship and to identify risk and resilience factors among study participants regarding the mental health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Endpoints: The primary endpoints are descriptive data on stressors experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and emotional, behavioral, and clinical symptoms. These endpoints will be measured repeatedly using an online platform for up to 6 months. These repeated measures will be combined with previously collected phenotype data on NIMH participants as allowed.

Study Population: The sample size will be up to 10,000 and will include participants 18 years and older of both sexes, any gender, and health status. They must be English-speaking. The study population will include patient and volunteer participants who have consented for a NIMH study in the past as well as new participants from the general population who respond to advertisements for the NIMH COVID study but who have not previously been a NIMH study participant. The NIMH COVID study participants may or may not be local to the Metropolitan Washington DC area but since the study will be conducted entirely online, this is not relevant.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04339790

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