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 CovidCareTM website here:

https://www.covidcare.io/

The CovidCare trial commenced in July 2020 in respiratory clinics and medical centres across Australia. 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.

To date, 45 respiratory clinics have partnered with our research team. 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.

Find out more:

CovidCare Brochure: A mobile app to self-monitor physical symptoms of COVID-19 and to identify mental health needs

CovidCare™ by Two Bulls


Information for:

A. Respiratory clinics and medical centres:

For more information about the CovidCare trial please download the information leaflet

B. Participants:

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

¯ Trial Information

Download Information

¯ Interview Sub-Study

Download Information


Download the CovidCareTM app:

Google Play (for Android device):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.edu.unimelb.covidcare

App Store (for Apple device):

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 Daniel 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)

A/Prof 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)

Collaborators

In partnership with:

Two Bulls

Respiratory Clinic Partners
VICTORIA
  • Ali Medical Centre
  • Altona North Medical Group - Respiratory Clinic
  • Central Medical Group, Wodonga
  • Kilmore Medical Practice
  • Mildura Respiratory Clinic
  • Parkville Precinct Medical
  • Rosebud Respiratory Clinic
  • The University of Melbourne Health Service
  • William Street Clinic (Atticus Health)
NEW SOUTH WALES
  • Benaroon Medical Centre
  • Berrigan Medical Practice
  • Bogan Shire Medical Centre
  • Boggabri Respiratory Clinic
  • Cobar Respiratory Clinic
  • Deniliquin Clinic
  • Deniliquin Respiratory Clinic
  • Dubbo Respiratory Clinic
  • Erina Respiratory Clinic
  • Hazelbrook Respiratory Clinic
  • Moree Respiratory Clinic
  • Nambucca Healthcare Centre
  • Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic
  • Young Respiratory Clinic
QUEENSLAND
  • Ace Medical Centre
  • Baralaba Private Clinic
  • Bundaberg Respiratory Clinic
  • Clermont Doctors Surgery
  • Herberton Medical Centre
  • Goondiwindi Medical Centre
  • Kingaroy Medical Centre
  • Mount Garnet Medical Centre
  • Mount Morgan Medical Centre
  • Ravenshoe Medical Centre
  • Rolleston Health Clinic
  • Sunny Street Covid Testing Clinic
  • Toowoomba (Carbal) Respiratory Clinic
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  • Clarkson Respiratory Clinic
TASMANIA
  • Hobart Respiratory Clinic

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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