Covid-19 Associated Anxiety in patients with Asthma & Allergic Rhinitis Experiencing Symptoms

Study Information
Purpose of Study
CAAARES: Covid-19 Associated Anxiety in patients with Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis Experiencing Symptoms. The purpose of this study is to see whether people who have allergies and asthma are more anxious about getting COVID-19 than those without since the symptoms of COVID-19 start with allergy and asthma like symptoms. To use a survey to measure the anxiety, mood, and coping, specifically for those who have asthma and environmental allergies in this time of COVID-19. We aim to collect survey responses from approximately 2000 people in the Kingston and surrounding area, every two weeks until the end of grass season (end of July). Survey responses will be reviewed by qualified personnel only in the laboratories of Dr. Dean Tripp, a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University and Dr. Anne Ellis, Chair of Allergy and Immunology at Kingston Health Sciences Centre – KGH Site. This study involves completing a survey designed to capture and understand the degree of anxiety surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) in the previously mentioned populations. This study was reviewed for ethical compliance by the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospital’s Research Ethics Board.
Associated Lab
Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Psychology, Anesthesiology and Urology
Dr. Anne K. Ellis, Kingston Health Sciences Centre – KGH Site, and Dr. Dean Tripp, Queen's University
Benefits of Participating
There will be no direct benefit to you. You may help us learn more about anxiety surrounding COVID-19.
You will receive a $5 Tim Horton’s gift card for every two surveys you complete.

  1. You are invited to participate in this research study as an individual with asthma and/or environmental allergies or as someone who has neither.


What You'll Be Asked to Do:
  • Should you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a series of quick online surveys. All surveys will use a secure Queen’s university platform called “Qualtrics”. Participants will receive a repeat of the survey every two weeks from the point of enrollment until July 31st, 2020. We anticipate the completion of 6-8 surveys per participant. It is important to complete the survey several times because it will show changes in symptoms and patient concerns over time for participants during this COVID-19 situation. There will be questions about your allergies and asthma, if you have them, as well as questions about anxiety and coping regarding COVID-19. Each survey should take you about 20 minutes to complete. Some people may be asked to answer more questions than others depending on their individual medical history.
  • Right to withdraw: Participation is entirely voluntary. If you decide to participate, you are free to discontinue participation at any time during the study period, including after completion of all of the surveys if you desire. If you wish to withdraw from the study, please email or call the Kingston Allergy Research office and request not to receive the email any longer. If you withdraw from the study we will not ask to collect any further data from you but any data that has been collected before you withdraw can not be deleted. If you choose to not participate, this does not impact your health care in anyway or your ability to participate in future studies.

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