CovidCare: A clinical trial of the safety and efficacy of a self-monitoring app for Covid-19 symptoms and the mental health impacts of self-isolation

Project Details

CovidCare provides patients with symptoms and/or a diagnosis of Covid-19 with self-monitoring support. CovidCare is also providing researchers with critical information about emotional needs and the impact on mental health of self-isolation due to Covid-19.

See the CovidCare website here:

https://www.covidcare.io/

Our team of researchers from the Department of General Practice, Integrated Mental Health Research Program and The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health, at The University of Melbourne are working in collaboration with the developers, Two Bulls, Swinburne University and clinicians from Altona North Medical Group to determine the efficacy and safety of the app. The data from the app will inform our understanding of the symptom trajectories of Covid-19 and the benefits and potential harms of self-monitoring.

Users of the CovidCare app who have agreed to be contacted by the University may also be invited to a longer telephone interview to explore the impacts of self-isolation on mental health. You can read more about this in the Plain Language Statement (see 'Download information' below)

The purpose of this sub-study is to understand emotional needs during self-isolation from Covid-19 to inform care pathways for the effective management of mental health and wellbeing by GPs, for people self-isolating with Covid-19 and will inform future government, research and industry responses to future pandemics of this kind.

For participants

For more information about the CovidCare trial and the CovidCare interview study please download the information leaflets below or email our research team.

CovidCare Trial Information

Download Information

CovidCare Interview Sub-Study

Download Information


Download the CovidCare app via the Apple App Store:

https://apps.apple.com/au/app/id1523783316


Study Enquiries:

covidcare-trial@unimelb.edu.au


Researchers

Associate Professor Victoria Palmer (Chief Investigator, Department of General Practice |University of Melbourne)

Professor Bruce Thompson (Dean of Health Sciences | Swinburne University)

Associate Professor Jeremy Goldin (Respiratory Physician Royal Melbourne Hospital and Circle Health as part of Altona North Medical Group)

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal (General Practitioner, Altona North Medical Group)

Professor Lena Sanci (GP and Head of Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Professor Wendy Chapman (Associate Dean of Digital Health and Informatics, Director of The Centre for Digital Transformation of Health | University of Melbourne)

Associate Professor Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis (Academic General Practitioner, Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Dr David Capurro (Lead, Data Monitoring and Safety) Senior Lecturer, Digital Health, Computing and Information Systems | The University of Melbourne)

Konstancja Densley (Data Manager, Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Dr Matthew Lewis (Research Fellow, Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Dr Patty Chondros (Senior Research Fellow, Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Dr Catherine Kaylor-Hughes (Research Fellow, Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Professor Vassilis Kostakos (School of Computing and Information Systems | University of Melbourne)

Maria Potiriadis (Trial Manager, Department of General Practice | University of Melbourne)

Collaborators

In partnership with:

Two Bulls

Respiratory Clinic Partners
  • Altona North Medical Group - Respiratory Clinic, Victoria
  • Young Respiratory Clinic, New South Wales
  • Moree Respiratory Clinic, New South Wales
  • Rosebud Respiratory Clinic, Victoria
  • Central Medical, Wodonga, Victoria
  • Alexander Hills Medical Clinic, Queensland
  • Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic, New South Wales
  • Cobar Respiratory Clinic, New South Wales
  • The University of Melbourne Health Service, Victoria

Research Publications

New app helps people monitor COVID-19 symptoms from home and identify mental health needs

https://about.unimelb.edu.au/newsroom/news/2020/may/new-app-helps-people-monitor-covid-19-symptoms-from-home-and-identify-mental-health-needs

New app helps people monitor COVID-19 symptoms

https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/new-app-helps-people-monitor-covid-19-symptoms?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=racgp&utm_campaign=2bfafe2d-0b0d-47d3-a5c8-aeeecc221849

Research Group

Integrated Mental Health




Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

General Practice

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