The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) will start a project to study the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on mental health, behavior and social inequalities in the Spanish population, thanks to a € 100,000 grant offered by the ”la Caixa” Foundation and intended for social research projects.
The study, coordinated by Manolis Kogevinas – the Scientific Director of the Severo Ochoa Program at ISGlobal – will include 20,000 people between the ages of 15 and 85 from 11 autonomous communities. The participants will be followed for two years through digital questionnaires and other interactive methods to offer an innovative approach.
“We believe that the pandemic will affect different population groups unequally and this can only be examined in large population studies like this one”
Manolis Kogevinas, project coordinator, ISGlobal
Thus, given that a greater effect of the pandemic is expected in the most vulnerable groups, the study authors hope to be able to share the results with institutions and political agents, among others, to promote social actions that are effective in solving the problems caused by this coronavirus health crisis.