COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents.
COVID-19 (corona virus) has impacted the UK considerably. People have been instructed by the government to remain at home unless making essential travel (e.g. food shopping) or for a single daily exercise activity. This has likely disrupted regular physical activity habits across the nation and increased the likelihood/ opportunity to engage in sedentary behaviour.
This research seeks to understand how physical activity habits have been affected by self-isolation using a short online questionnaire (20-30mins) aimed at individuals aged >18 years living in the UK that have been unaffected by any recent health issues before and during the self-isolation period but who are blind or visually impaired.”
Survey link below
Survey / Questionnaire support
This questionnaire has been designed to accommodate as best as possible those with a visual impairment. The software may struggle to work on mobile devices if a screen reader or magnifer is being used. If you wish to have support in the form of a reader to help you fill in the questionnaire, please contact Clare Strongman at:
Section A: The Research Project
Full Title of project
COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents
Purpose of study
To investigate the impact of the stay at home policy enforced by the UK Government on the 23rd March 2020 on the physical activity habits of blind and visually impaired UK residents. This is a collaborative study between Anglia Ruskin University and British Blind Sport.
Who are the researchers?
Dr Dan Gordon – Staff Member at Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Marie Gernigon – Staff Member at University of Paris Saclay
Patrick Swain – Ph.D. Student at Northumbria University
Clare Strongman – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University
Henry Chung – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University
Viviane Merzbach – Researcher at Anglia Ruskin University
Why have I been asked to participate?
You have been asked to take part in this research if you meet the following criteria:
- Are a resident in the UK
- Are social distancing due to COVID-19
- Are aged 18 years or older
- Have not altered your physical activity levels due to a change in health status
- Have a visual impairment
How many people will be asked to participate?
We are looking for a minimum of approximately 100 participants.
Do I have to take part?
You do not have to take part if you do not want to. You do not have to provide a reason.
Has the study got ethical approval?
This study has been approved by the ethics committee at Anglia Ruskin University.
Legislation relating to this study
General Data Protection Regulation (2018)
What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of this study are intended to be written up for scientific publication with the possibility to be presented at scientific conferences and disseminated through social media outlets.
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