Research – COVID-19 and Daily Routines

Project Title: COVID-19 and daily routines: The experience of people with mood disorders 

You are invited to take part in this research project, which is investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the daily routines (‘social rhythms’) of people with mood disorders. The term ‘social rhythms’ refers to the timing of key behavioural events in your daily routine such as getting out of bed, eating meals, exercise, and going to bed. If you decide to take part, you will complete an online survey about how social isolation due to this pandemic is impacting your social rhythms and your mood symptoms.

Bipolar Scotland’s Medical Advisor Professor Danny Smith from Glasgow University is an Associate Investigator on this project

The Participant Information Statement and Consent Form provides you with detailed information on the research project. It explains what participation in this research project will involve in order to help you decide if you would like to take part.

Purpose of this research

Many governments have instituted social distancing and social isolation measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This has led many people to experience changes in the normal social routines of work, study and other lifestyle activities. This study will help us understand the challenges individuals diagnosed with mood disorders face with respect to their social rhythms during a time of restricted socialising and changed daily routines.

What participation in this research involves 

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete an online survey. The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and can be done at any time online, when convenient for you.

The questions you will be asked to complete include questions about yourself, brief questions about your current mood symptoms (depression and mania), stress, social rhythmicity, sleep patterns and experience of evidence-based psychological therapies.

To take part in this project, you must:

  • Have received a diagnosis of a Mood Disorder (Depression, Bipolar Disorder) from a mental health professional (such as a GP, psychiatrist or psychologist)
  • Be aged 18-65
  • Be fluent in English

Further information and who to contact about the project: 

Professor Greg Murray, Chief Investigator

Centre for Mental Health, Swinburne University of Technology

gwmurray@swin.edu.au, Tel: +61 3 9214 8300

If you would like to participate in this research project please click survey link