Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, Head of the University of Malta’s Department of Health Services Management, is taking part in a study led by Open University, UK, with the participation of a number of other universities.
Titled “COVID-19: Technology, Use, Behaviour, Social Connections, Self-isolation & Loneliness Study”, this research is aiming to understand how technology is being used, and how user behaviour is changing due to the COVID-19, in an attempt to reduce loneliness and self-isolation.
The research is being conducted by Dr Hannah R. Marston & Dr Sarah Earle from The Open University and is being funded by the Health and Wellbeing Priority Research Area at the same university.
To this end, a survey has been prepared for this quantitative study to take shape, and it may be filled in online.
According to the Health & Wellbeing Research Centre of Open University, the planning, designing and undertaking of studies ascertaining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is a timely response from a research standpoint.Prof. Buttigieg agrees, telling Newspoint that “the effect of the pandemic on our collective mental health is evident, but studies such as this one will certainly help to give more context to the disruptions to our lives and position future generations well enough to tackle similar situations in an improved manner”.
Professor Sandra Buttigieg is Head of Department of Health Services Management