We're gathering evidence from a wide range of sources across the UK that consider how experiences of the pandemic have been influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities.

To support our COVID-19 impact inquiry, we're gathering evidence from a wide range of sources across the UK that consider how experiences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have been influenced by people’s existing health conditions and inequalities.  

The evidence call will focus on capturing a diverse range of data and perspectives. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions on aspects of the pandemic where there is less evidence in the public domain at present.

Who should submit evidence? 

We are looking for evidence from anyone who has done research within the UK, especially if the research isn’t published anywhere yet.  

Specifically, we are interested in the following questions:   

  1. What was the impact of people’s existing health status on their experience of COVID-19?  
  2. How did people’s individual, social and economic circumstances affect their experience of COVID-19?  
  3. What was the impact of government and societal response to the pandemic on people’s health eg lockdown?  
  4. How has the government and societal response affected the social and economic circumstances that are likely to have implications for people’s long-term health?  

There are also several key themes that we are interested in: 

  • disabled people 
  • carers (formal and informal)  
  • mental health   
  • minority ethnic communities  
  • young and older people  
  • gendered perspectives  
  • care home and nursing home residents  
  • key workers including health and social care workers 
  • those facing new inequalities eg working mothers, self-employed  
  • vulnerable groups eg prisoners, homeless people and those shielding  
  • those experiencing challenges due to digital exclusion  
  • those living with the impacts of ‘long COVID’. 

We are encouraging submissions from all four nations within the UK.  

How do I submit evidence? 

Evidence can be submitted via a form. The form has set questions that will guide you through the submission process. You may start the application and complete it later by bookmarking your progress but please ensure you have entered your contact details should we need to get in touch.

If you or your organisation is not sharing evidence, please consider sharing this evidence call with relevant colleagues and organisations in your networks, especially those who work across our key themes. 

What happens next? 

The evidence will be collated and reviewed by our in-house secretariat. It will be assessed on its strength and relevance to determine whether it will be included in our analysis and synthesis of the pandemic’s impact. Findings are due to be published in summer 2021. We may not consider research on areas where we have enough material from other published sources, unless the submitted evidence challenges it.  

Due to the high volume of evidence we expect to receive, we are not able to get back to everyone. However, we may delve deeper into the themes set out above and get in touch if we have any follow up questions.  

This call for evidence is open until 12pm (midday) on Friday 11 December 2020.  

We will be sharing a frequently asked questions document in the week commencing 16 November. If you have any questions, please email COVID-19impactinquiry@health.org.uk.

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