CARA Study [COVID-19]
The COVID-19 Ambulance Response Assessment Study (CARA)
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Duration of Study in the UK
1 years, 0 months, 1 days
COVID-19 is a new viral respiratory disease that has created a public health emergency in the United Kingdom (UK). As providers of urgent and emergency care, UK ambulance services will experience significant additional pressures as a result. It is vital to take this opportunity to examine the effects upon personnel wellbeing of providing care under these hitherto unique, but not unrepeatable, circumstances.\nThis study will recruit UK ambulance staff to complete a short online questionnaire assessing their current perceived preparedness and wellbeing during the current accelerative phase of COVID-19 outbreak. Subsequently, during the peak and decelerative phases of outbreak, staff who have consented to be recontacted will complete both the same validated measures of wellbeing for comparison and a further validated measure of a significant event’s impact upon wellbeing. Using measures shared with a similar study of hospital doctors providing emergency care (CERA, IRAS 281944) should enable a larger picture of the effects upon health care providers to be gained. In addition, utilising a combination of closed and open questions, CARA asks about participants’ levels of readiness to work in these unfamiliar circumstances, and examines issues surrounding daily working practices at a time of increasing pressure and demand.