COVID-19 Survey Frequently Asked Questions

/COVID-19 Survey Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Survey Frequently Asked Questions 2020-05-29T14:39:47+00:00
Why are you launching a COVID-19 Questionnaire? 2020-05-28T15:33:23+00:00

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project aims to reveal what causes and what may prevent cancer and chronic disease. We are interested in understanding the impact that COVID-19 has had on your physical, mental and emotional health, as well as your economic and social environments. All these factors are important influences on health conditions, including cancer and chronic diseases. Your input is important as we seek to better understand and record the impact of the coronavirus on Albertans, now and in the future.

This COVID-19 questionnaire is also being administered by other regional cohorts from the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath). We are collaborating internationally to learn more about pandemic experiences here in Alberta, in the U.S., and in Europe. The information you choose to provide will be of great help to Canadian and international researchers, and will enrich the ATP health research platform.

What types of questions are asked in the COVID-19 Questionnaire? 2020-05-28T15:37:53+00:00

In this questionnaire, we want to understand how the pandemic has affected your lifestyle and wellbeing. Additionally, we would like to find out the following information:

  • Your current health condition
  • Your risk factors and whether you were tested for COVID-19
  • What symptoms you may have experienced
  • What kind of support network you have around you
  • The impact of the pandemic on your mental, emotional, social and financial wellbeing, and how your job status may have been affected
  • If you were hospitalized or received medical care
  • The potential source of your exposure
Why should I complete the COVID-19 questionnaire? 2020-05-28T15:33:09+00:00

You may be self-isolating at home, but completing this questionnaire is a tangible, and incredibly valuable way you as an ATP participant can directly contribute to the global scientific efforts currently underway.

Your answers will directly contribute to the Canadian and international body of research being developed to help us all understand how we come to be at risk for the virus, treatment approaches, and how our communities can work to lessen transmission. The data you provide will also help researchers to understand the current and lasting effects of COVID-19 on the health of Albertans.

I did not get the COVID-19 virus. Should I still fill out the questionnaire? 2020-05-28T15:34:12+00:00

Yes! We know this pandemic has impacted Canadians in many ways, including economically, psychologically, and socially. The information you choose to provide will help Canadian and international researchers to build a more complete picture of the effects of the virus.

I don’t want to fill out the questionnaire online. Is there another way for me to participate? 2020-05-28T15:37:41+00:00

No.  Historically, you have been invited to complete our surveys on paper.  Online surveys are much more cost effective, and they automatically skip irrelevant questions, which allows you to more efficiently finish a survey, possibly even saving you time.

Why are you not offering a paper version of the COVID-19 survey? 2020-05-28T15:38:25+00:00

We apologize for not being able to offer a paper version of the COVID-19 survey. It is very important that we collect the data for this survey while the pandemic is ongoing and it takes much longer and is more costly to collect data on paper due to the time associated with printing, sending and receiving through the mail and entering the data. We would be more than happy to walk you through the steps of signing up for a digital account.

What if I currently live outside Alberta? 2020-05-28T15:38:48+00:00

You can still participate! We still want you to remain a participant in our study and you are eligible to complete the survey.

Why are you asking me about both my sex at birth and gender? 2020-05-28T15:39:22+00:00

Sex is assigned at birth, whereas gender identity is related to how individuals define and experience their gender, and both aspects can have influences on health and factors related to health. Please note there is a ‘Prefer not to answer’ option on the questionnaire as well.

Why are you asking me for my blood type? 2020-05-28T15:39:53+00:00

Your blood type (A, B, AB, or O) is determined by the types of antigens and antibodies that are on your red blood cells. These may influence your immune system response, and therefore your blood type and immune system may play a role in how susceptible you are to COVID-19.  It is important to note that there is no definitive evidence for this yet, but we are collecting information like this because it may be prove to be part of the puzzle of understanding COVID-19 and its related health effects on the population.

I have recently been diagnosed with cancer, can I still participate and fill out this questionnaire? 2020-05-28T15:40:20+00:00

Yes. We hope this questionnaire will help researchers in all fields understand the effects of COVID-19 on the current physical and emotional health of Albertans. We also would like to know how the pandemic may be affecting your access to treatment.

My spouse/partner/family member and I share the same email. Can we both participate? 2020-06-01T09:00:51+00:00

No. Your spouse/partner/family member would need to be registered with us through their own email address. If they are a participant of ATP and would like to update their information, please email us at tomorrow@ahs.ca.

I didn’t finish the survey in one session. How do I log back in to complete it? 2020-06-01T09:01:13+00:00

Use the email invitation you received from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project to log back into our ATP portal and access the survey.  If you need us to resend you the invitation, please email us at tomorrow@ahs.ca.

How is the data collected from this project going to support research into the prevention of cancer and chronic disease? 2020-05-28T15:41:35+00:00

There are many direct and indirect risk factors, including our social and economic environments, which affect the prevalence of cancer and chronic disease in a population. Although we don’t yet know the effect that COVID-19 may have on existing health conditions, the pandemic has had significant impact on many of these factors. Your answers can help researchers to better understand the impact of the coronavirus on existing diseases.

Why are longitudinal studies like Alberta’s Tomorrow Project so valuable in a crisis like COVID-19? 2020-05-28T15:44:01+00:00

ATP is a longitudinal study, which means that participants, both healthy and those with pre-existing conditions, are followed over a period of many years. Studies like ATP can be critical when researchers want to estimate the true burden of infection and disease in a population. Our questionnaire asks about many different aspects of your lives, information that may not be captured through traditional channels like hospital visits but can be especially valuable in understanding the true impact of the pandemic.

Because of participants’ past contributions, ATP is a ready-made, active research platform for researchers wishing to study the effects of the pandemic. To recreate this 20-year old cohort of 50,000+ participants today from scratch would simply take too long and cost too much.

Population studies like ATP provide an important opportunity to assess population-level prevalence, and identify the biological and lifestyle factors that make some people more likely to get the virus or make some get sicker from it than others. It can also help us to capture how our health may change over time as a result of COVID-19.

How do I take part in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project questionnaires? 2020-05-28T15:44:26+00:00

If you are already a registered participant of ATP, we will contact you to let you know when a new questionnaire is available for you to complete.

What should I do if I encounter technical difficulties while completing this questionnaire? 2020-06-01T09:03:29+00:00

If you experience technical difficulties while completing this questionnaire, please send an email to tomorrow@ahs.ca. You can also leave a voicemail at our toll free number 1-877-919-9292 and someone will return your call within two business days.

Which Internet browser should I use to complete the online surveys? 2020-06-12T11:01:31+00:00

We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari. Participants using Internet Explorer may experience technical issues.

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Can I complete the surveys on a mobile device? 2020-06-12T10:30:43+00:00

Yes, however the survey works best on a desktop or laptop computer.