An investigation into the impact of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic on state anxiety and symptom severity in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas is conducting an investigation into the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on state anxiety and symptom severity in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and he is inviting you to take a part.

What is the purpose of this study?

The study aims to investigate the impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on individuals with traits or symptoms of OCD that relate to anxiety over contamination. In addition, the study aims to investigate the impact that advice regarding hand washing and the frequent media coverage of the pandemic are having on people with traits or symptoms of OCD.

Whilst we are all focused on the physical effects that the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease can have on people and on society as a whole, we may overlook the psychological impact of the pandemic on individuals and on groups of people more broadly.

Why am I being asked to take part?

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas is asking people with OCD traits or symptoms to take part in this study in order to investigate the impact that the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on their mental wellbeing. It is important to ensure that all members of society receive the adequate care and support that they need during these unprecedented times, your participation in this research will therefore be incredibly valuable.

What is involved in taking part?

You will be asked to complete three questionnaires in total. The first questionnaire consists of 18 statements, relating to obsessive-compulsive traits, to be rated on a short scale. The second questionnaire consists of a further 18 self-report items relating to health concerns. The third and final questionnaire relates to your experience of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and consists of 11 items, 9 of which require you to select the most appropriate answer and 2 free-text questions. Please complete all questions in the questionnaires.

You will also be asked some questions about yourself at the start. Please complete these questions too, anonymity and confidentiality will be strictly upheld at all times. The questionnaires should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

What will happen to the results?

The results of this study will be submitted to a peer-reviewed scientific journal for publication. The results may also be presented at conferences for the purpose of sharing useful information collated from this study. No identifiable information will be included for analysis or published in the results of this study, meaning that it will not be possible to identify any individual’s data.

Benefits

By participating in this study, you are contributing to an important area of research during these unprecedented times. It is not currently known what impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will have on the wellbeing of people with traits or symptoms of OCD. This represents a new area of research that will undoubtedly be of benefit to researchers and clinicians alike interested to minimise any potential distress caused by the ongoing pandemic.

This study is being conducted by Dr Athanasios Hassoulas (HassoulasA2@cardiff.ac.uk), Senior Lecturer and MSc Psychiatry Programme Director at Cardiff University. The study is not receiving any form of funding.

Please read the attached Information Sheet for more information and watch a short clip about this study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfQz9Y7QB8I

To continue to the survey, please click on this LINK and fill in the consent form.

Thank you for taking part in this study.

If you would like any further information about this study, or have any questions, please contact the researcher directly:

Dr Athanasios Hassoulas: Hassoulasa2@cardiff.ac.uk