Thank you for your interest in learning more about this study. Please read the following information to learn more about the study and what you will be asked to do if you choose to participate. When you finish reading this information, there will be a link at the end on how to sign up for the study.
Researchers at MedStar Health are partnering with patients to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Study participants will answer short online questions (that take less than 30 seconds a day) over the next year about possible exposure to the virus, symptoms, and health care visits. Some volunteers may be asked to complete an in-home test kit for antibodies to COVID-19.
This study is part of a nation-wide research project. You can find more frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the study website here.
Anyone in our community can take part in the study, whether or not you have received care at a MedStar Health clinic or Hospital.
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Research studies are a way to gain scientific knowledge that may help people in the future.
Please take your time deciding whether or not you wish to participate in this research study. You may also discuss this study and your decision to participate with your friends and family. If you have questions about the study please call 800-808-5759 or email the COVID-19 Community Research Partnership at [email protected].
Anyone over the age of 18 can participate in this study. You do not need to have symptoms or COVID-19.
Yes! Anyone can take part in the study no matter where you live. If you are not a MedStar Health patient, we will not have access to your medical records, but we can still learn a lot from your participation. The information you share with us will be help us understand how our community as a whole is being affected by COVID-19.
No. If you are a MedStar Health patient, you can give us permission to access your medical records. Your medical records will remain confidential and be securely stored by the study team. Your information will be used only when mixed with other participant records. The study team will not be reviewing your individual records for this study.
If you are not a MedStar Health patient, we will not be able to link your data to your medical records. We will not contact your doctor or access your medical records in any way. But, we can still learn a lot from your participation. The information you share with us will still be valuable to help us understand how our community as a whole is being affected by COVID-19.
The information collected about you is for research purposes only. This information will not be used to guide your medical care. Your doctor or health care provider will not have access to this information. We will only be using your information in collection with other participants which will protect your privacy.
If you are eligible to participate, you will first read the informed consent and provide your electronic signature.
Informed consent is important because it:
- Describes the study
- Explains why the study is being done
- Describes what is expected from you
- Describes the risks and benefits of taking part
- Explains how to contact the study team with questions
If you read the informed consent document and decide that you don’t want to participate in the study, that’s OK. Please do not sign the consent form if you don’t want to participate.
As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is a global public health emergency.
By studying who has been exposed and possibly infected, better identifying the timing and circumstances of exposure, and where infection patterns of the COVID-19 are progressing, researchers can help the medical community better understand the pandemic and develop strategies and treatments to contain and possibly eliminate it.
The goal of this study is to collect information about the community’s COVID-19 exposures, symptoms, and health care visits due to the disease. If you are a health care worker, the study will collect information on your use of personal protective equipment.
There is no cost for participating.
The information collected about you is for research purposes only. This information will not be used to guide your medical care. Your doctor or health care provider will not have access to this information.
The research study cannot provide medical care or COVID-19 testing if you become sick. The questionnaires and at-home testing is for research purposes only. The daily symptom tracker and test results are not meant to diagnose or treat anyone for COVID-19.
After completion of the online informed consent, you will be asked to complete a brief enrollment questionnaire.
You will receive an email with a link to complete an online registration form. The form can be completed on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Daily, for up to one year, you will receive a link to a very brief questionnaire to complete.
It takes less than 30 seconds to complete, and you can answer the questions on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Initially, you will receive the questionnaire every day. Over time you may receive it less often. The study will continue as long as there are concerns about the pandemic in our region; however, you can stop receiving the questionnaires at any time.
The questionnaire will cover the following:
- Your COVID-19 illness history or symptoms
- Your visits to the doctor and treatments
- Your contact with other sick people
- If you are a health care worker, your use of personal protective equipment
The information collected in the questionnaire will be used for research purposes and will not be entered into your medical records.
Some participants may also be asked to complete an in-home test kit for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). You can decide to only complete questionnaires or you can add the at-home testing to your participation.
For this part of the study you may be asked to complete monthly at-home tests which detect antibodies to the virus. At-home testing requires a finger prick for collecting a sample of your blood on a stick. Your kit will instruct you to either:
- Take a picture of the test stick and send the picture using an app on your smart phone; or
- Package the test stick in an enclosed return mailer and put into the US mail.
The at-home testing does not diagnose COVID-19. Testing is for research purposes only.