Center for Arts in Medicine


COVID-19 and Social Distancing Study

Enforced social isolation and mental health: an observational study of the psychosocial effects of quarantine during Covid-19

[Updated April 8, 2020]

Due to COVID-19, millions of Americans are isolated, and will remain so for an undetermined period of time. Dr. Daisy Fancourt, University College London (UCL), is conducting a study to understand the mental health impacts of sheltering in place, and activities that may buffer against those effects. The Center for Arts in Medicine and Americans for the Arts have partnered with UCL to extend this study to the US. The results will help inform recommendations to improve a sense of well-being and resilience during and after the crisis. Results of this longitudinal study will be made publicly available on a weekly basis. 

We’re inviting adults in the US to take part in the study.

Participation involves completing a 10-15 minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once per week while social distancing measures are in place.

Click here to participate in the study today!

This study has been reviewed and approved as exempt by the University of Florida Institutional Review Board and reviewed and approved by the University College London Research Ethics Committee.

UCL Investigators: Dr. Daisy Fancourt, Prof. Andrew Steptoe

UF Investigators: Jill Sonke, Jenny Lee, Dr. Anthony Kolenic, Dr. Heidi Radunovich

This study is made possible in the U.S. through additional support and partnership from ArtPlace America, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF IFAS), the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (UF CTSI) and Altura.

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