Research Study

Spatial and social patterning of COVID- 19 prevention and transmission in Canada: Investigating the impacts of risk perception and preventive behaviour on individual activity space


Source The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding
Research Brief Emerging global infectious diseases are presenting unprecedented public health challenges, resulting in long-lasting health consequences and sociocultural and economic disruptions for individuals and communities around the world. Our project aims to examine the relationships among health risk perception, preventive behaviour and individual activity space during the on-going global COVID-19 outbreak in The Greater Toronto Area (GTA). As the most populous metropolitan area and the largest immigrant gateway in Canada, the GTA has been a significant receiving geography of a number of infectious diseases in recent decades. Our survey will look at the level of anxiety and other psychological responses during different phases.
Objective It is well recognized that human movement in the spatial and temporal dimensions has direct impact on disease transmission at global and local scales. Along the timeline, public health measures have seen great changes and raised numerous debates. Our project will capture the temporal dimension of the process and investigate the changing relationships of risk perception, prevention behaviour and activity space.
Qualification Criterion 1. a resident of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who has lived in Canada for more than 6 months (The GTA includes: City of Toronto, York Region, Peel Region, Halton Region and Durham Region)
2. 18 years old and over, and
3. willing to provide a proxy residential location (postal code or major street intersection).
How to Participate Online Survey & Benefits: We recently launched our on-line survey and are recruiting survey participants. If you are interested, please take the COVID-19 Risk Perception, Prevention & Spatial Mobility Survey here. Upon completion, you will have the chance to enter a draw to win one of the 100 prizes of $20 Amazon e-gift cards. You will also be offered to join the mental health support groups within the GTA.

Telephonic Survey & Benefits: An alternative option of a telephone survey for those faced by technical and other challenges: call/text 613-328-9646, or email [email protected] for us to call you back. A $15 honorarium will be provided upon completion of telephone survey.

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End date Oct.15, 2020

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