iCARE STUDY / INFORMING POLICY AND POLICY-MAKERS THROUGH RESEARCH

THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF POLICY-MAKERS

In the context of the unprecedented health, social and economic crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the global need for adherence to public health policies has never been greater. Our understanding of the determinants of adherence at each phase of the infection curve in countries around the world is critical for effective policy planning and communication.

To this end, the iCARE team welcomes and encourages dialogue and data sharing between researchers and policy makers at all levels of government, as well as community actors.

The iCARE study has received a range of local, national and international media coverage. These news stories have helped raise awareness about the importance of researching and understanding population behaviours, particularly when it comes to informing policy and communication strategy. They have also helped promote participation in the survey.

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Analyses from Survey 1 (March 27 to April 15) on study demographics, perceptions of government policy, health behaviours, adherence to health measures, types of concerns, and adherence motivators (20,537 respondents, 140 countries).

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Learn more about presentations and publications stemming from the iCARE project’s research as produced by the iCARE team’s collaborators from around the world.

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MORE ABOUT THE iCARE STUDY

The International Assessment of COVID-19-related Attitudes, Concerns, Responses and Impacts in Relation to Public Health Policies (iCARE) study: Can we optimise strategies to flatten the COVID-19 infection curve?

The key to halting the rapid spread of COVID-19 and ‘flattening the curve’ is public adherence to drastic, rapidly evolving behaviour-based prevention policies that are being implemented around the world. However, adherence depends on: being aware of the policies (knowing what to do), believing that the policies being put in place are important; and being able to enact the policies, which may be influenced by various personal, family, job, and health-related characteristics.

Further, as we look towards de-confinement, people’s willingness to adhere to new government policies and recommendations (e.g., re: school openings, store openings) will also be critical for helping people ‘get back to normal’ and re-engaging the economy. Unfortunately, policies have varied greatly between provinces and countries, contributing to uncertainty about what the government’s priorities are (health vs. economy) and confusion about which policies to follow.

Understanding people’s concerns about COVID-19, their perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes about public health policies, and how they impact what people are (and are not) willing to do will be important for informing policy strategy and how they are communicated, to ensure the best health and economic outcomes. The iCARE Study will capture key data on people’s awareness, attitudes, and behaviours as they relate to the COVID-19 policies, as well as, the impacts that COVID-19 is having on people’s physical and mental health, financial situation, and quality of life.

Data from approximately 250,000 people around the world will be analysed to understand what government policies are (and are not) influencing behaviour and outcomes, and in whom these policies are most or least effective. This will allow us to inform governments on the efficacy of policy measures on both people’s behavior, and on key health and quality of life outcomes.

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The iCARE study has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the CIUSSS-NIM (Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal): approval # 2020-2099 / 03-25-2020.

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The iCARE study has received a range of local, national and international media coverage. This has greatly encouraged participation in the survey. It has helped raise awareness about the importance of researching and understanding population behaviours, particularly when it comes to informing policy and communication strategy.

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If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Kim Lavoie, PhD at covid19study@mbmc-cmcm.ca.