Immediate and Long-term Impacts of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions

David Pettinicchio, University of Toronto

The 2020 COVID-19 Response Survey of People with Disabilities and Health Conditions is a cross-national online survey administered from June 11-22, 2020. The final survey includes 1027 respondents age 18 and older who reported having one or more disabilities or health conditions. Disabilities include physical, cognitive, vision, hearing, and emotional limitations. We also included a category related to “other” conditions lasting six months or longer. Health conditions include asthma, cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and anything associated with being immunocompromised. The survey focuses on managing the pandemic and pandemic countermeasures, economic insecurity, mental health and attitudes about government and policy. Fifty qualitative follow-up interviews were also conducted and a second wave is scheduled for June 2021.

Co-investigators: Michelle Maroto, University of Alberta; Martin Lukk, University of Toronto

Funders: SSHRC, ERA

Research Status: Research published/presented

Contact: David Pettinicchio

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