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COVID-19 lockdown impact on dementia patients’ and carers’ wellbeing [COVID-19]

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    SOcial LImitations Turn Up DEmentia (SOLITUDE): Impact of COVID-19 social isolation on patients’ cognition and mental health and on carers’ wellbeing



  • Contact name

    Annalena Venneri

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    1 years, 0 months, 0 days

  • Research summary

    Mental abilities like remembering or orientation in the environment are particularly affected in people with dementia. Some also experience agitation, anxiety and depression. These problems are even more visible in patients who live in isolation. In fact, social isolation is linked to worse prognosis in people with dementia.\nWe expect that social isolation due to the COVID-19 emergency will cause worsening of symptoms in people with dementia and have negative effects on their mental health. In turn, these negative effects will also affect carers’ quality of life and wellbeing.\nDisruption of daily routine may cause confusion and insecurity and may thus worsen the symptoms of dementia. The current restrictions introduced in response to the spread of coronavirus are causing huge changes in the lives of people with dementia and their carers.\nTo study this, we will invite people with dementia and their carers to complete three interviews over the phone, during the course of 6 months.\nThis study will allow us to identify individuals who may be more deeply affected by social isolation. It will also help us describe the relationship between social isolation and worsening of symptoms. Such findings will allow us to improve care delivery and inform prevention.

  • REC name

    North West - Preston Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    10 Jul 2020

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion