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The impact of COVID-19 Fear: evidence to inform social, health and economic recovery - a Healthy Ageing In Scotland (HAGIS) study

Funded by UK Research and Innovation.

Collaboration with Generations Working Together, Scottish Government - Office of Chief Economic Advisor, Scottish Government - Social Security Scotland, Tec Enabled Care in Scotland and University of Edinburgh.

HAGIS: The COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Study

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted everyone in some way. The HAGIS: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery study is exploring how concerns linked to COVID-19 have impacted the way people aged 50+ live in Scotland. Specifically, our study explores how the spectrum of COVID-19 concern manifests in older people, and how it impacts on their social, health and economic behaviours.

We anticipate COVID-19 fear to affect individuals, intergenerational relationships, and society in myriad ways including:
(1) social isolation due to reservations around meeting others or engaging in pre-COVID activities; (2) poorer health and well-being due to i) reluctance to engage with medical professionals for fear of contracting COVID-19, or ii) over-zealous self-referral due to high health anxiety; (3) weakened economic recovery due to changing consumption and work patterns; (4) greater income and health inequality due to differential impacts by level of deprivation and by place. Our study will close knowledge gaps relating to these potential consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. This mixed-methods study will address these using our validated COVID-19 fear survey instrument, a large-scale survey, interviews with older people and professionals working in the social care, healthcare and third sector. This approach enables decomposition of responses to COVID-19 fear by socio-economic disadvantage and by place, helping satisfy an urgent need to understand the pandemic’s effects on inequality, intergenerational connections and on economic geography.

Total award value £575,340.00

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Dr Elaine Douglas
Dr Elaine Douglas

Lecturer, Dementia and Ageing

Dr Louise McCabe
Dr Louise McCabe

Senior Lecturer, Dementia and Ageing

Professor David Bell
Professor David Bell

Professor, Economics

Dr David Comerford
Dr David Comerford

Senior Lecturer, Economics

Dr Alison Dawson
Dr Alison Dawson

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Sciences

Dr Lesley McGregor
Dr Lesley McGregor

Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology

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