Covid-19 National Survey

As we know, a lot has changed since the UK government announced on 23 March that a lockdown would be introduced and people were advised to stay at home.

Conducting research during this time has certainly required us to work differently. Our team from the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies are all working from home and meeting weekly via Zoom to keep in touch. However, some people are more affected by the lockdown than others, as social care services that they might usually receive have been reduced or closed altogether during lockdown.

Dr Kathryn Lord and Professor Murna Downs from the Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, have partnered with a team of researchers, led by the University of Liverpool, to carry out research using an online survey to explore the effects of corona virus related closures of social care services on the lives and well-being of older people, people living with dementia and their family carers.

The Covid-19 National survey went ‘live’ on the 17th of April 2020. We are delighted with the response…. so far almost 560 people have completed the survey. The survey can also be completed over the telephone with one of the research team.

We are keen for people living with dementia to complete the survey as currently they are underrepresented. We are also keen for people from minority ethnic groups to complete the survey, including those from Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups, as currently they are underrepresented in the survey and it is important that we capture their experiences.

If you would like more information on how to take part in the Covid-19 National Survey then please email Jules Beresford-Dent on or Dr Kathryn Lord on

Thanks for reading this blog. We hope you stay safe and well during this unusual time.



Written by
Jules Beresford-Dent
Research Assistant
Centre for Applied Dementia Studies



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