The impact of Covid-19 on research into work and health

Parsons, V., Wainwright, E., Karanika-Murray, M., Muiry, G. and Demou, E. (2022) The impact of Covid-19 on research into work and health. Occupational Medicine, (doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqac080) (PMID:36039847) (PMCID:PMC9452128) (Early Online Publication)

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Background: The global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic created a profound disruption to the delivery of planned scientific research with unknown immediate and potentially longer-term impacts. Aims: We explored researchers’ experiences of the impact of the pandemic on the continued development and delivery of research into work and health, and on research infrastructure in this field. Methods: A cross-sectional study. Results: Thirty-three questionnaires were completed, representing a response rate of 15%. Sixty-one per cent of respondents were female, the majority (78%) had over 11 years of research experience and 76% worked mainly in academia. Most respondents (88%) were able to progress with research during the pandemic. A small proportion (4%) had studies paused or suspended due to the pandemic, while a larger proportion (19%) had research staff redeployed to assist with other studies or furloughed. Respondents described a range of emerging practical and logistical issues for research into work and health during the pandemic. Some benefited from increased opportunities to collaborate on new multidisciplinary studies, opportunities to engage participants in work and health research, and more flexible and inclusive work practices. Others experienced challenges that had an adverse impact, such as hampering research delivery (e.g. barriers to participant screening and intervention delivery), poor (home) working environments, reduced team cohesion and isolation. A range of future priorities for research was highlighted. Conclusions: We describe lessons learned and opportunities that can be used to support or further research activities in the field of work and health research in the future.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Demou, Dr Evangelia
Authors: Parsons, V., Wainwright, E., Karanika-Murray, M., Muiry, G., and Demou, E.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Occupational Medicine
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1471-8405
Published Online:30 August 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Occupational Medicine 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
3048230021Inequalities in healthAlastair LeylandMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_00022/2HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
3048230071Inequalities in healthAlastair LeylandOffice of the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSO)SPHSU17HW - MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit