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The King's College London Coronavirus Health and Experiences of Colleagues at King's Study (KCL CHECK) protocol paper: a platform for study of the effects of coronavirus pandemic on staff and postgraduate students.

By Katrina A S Davis, Sharon Stevelink, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Gabriella Bergin Cartwright, Rupa Bhundia, Howard Burdett, Ewan Carr, Grace Lavelle, Daniel Leightley, Candice Middleton, Timothy Nicholson, Lucy O'Neill, Catherine Polling, Aoife Ruane, Alice Wickersham, Matthew Hotopf, Reza Razavi

Posted 19 Jun 2020
medRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.16.20132456

Introduction We will use an occupational sample to study the impact of COVID-19 on current staff and postgraduate research students at a large UK university. The cohort study will address some of the key questions about COVID-19 for the international community, while also providing feedback to the employer and educator. Methods and analysis Participants were recruited via email to their University email address. Administrative records were available to compare the composition of volunteer participants to underlying staff and postgraduate student populations of the University. The study comprises a baseline survey, longitudinal follow-up surveys and a viral antibody study. Baseline information was collected in April 2020 including demographics, working situation, current stresses and worries, mental health and neurological symptoms. Personal experiences of COVID-19, indirect experiences and attitudes towards the pandemic were queried, as well as satisfaction with communication and support at work. Longitudinal surveys will assess changes in COVID-19 exposure and mental health. A viral antibody detection component is being planned and will also be longitudinal in nature. Ethics and dissemination Ethical approval has been gained from KCL's Psychiatry, Nursing and Midwifery Research Ethics Committee (HR-19/20-18247). Participants were provided with information and agreed to a series of consent statements before enrolment. Data are kept on secure servers with access to personally identifiable information limited. Researchers may apply to have access to pseudonymised data. Findings will be disseminated internally to the University and participants, and externally through scientific publications.

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