Background Information: What is this research about?
COVID-19 has been circulating in England since early 2020. In England, the government has made tests available so people can find out if they have COVID-19. There are different types of tests. Some tests (for people with symptoms of COVID-19) are sent to a laboratory, and you get your results a day or so later, these are called PCR tests. A second type are called Lateral Flow Tests for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, and these give you your results much more quickly.
Lateral Flow Tests
For a Lateral flow test (LFT) you put a swab up your nose or in your mouth, move it around and add the swab to a tube of liquid. You then put a few drops of the liquid on a test strip. In 30 minutes the test will give you a result. LFTs are available at walk in centres across Birmingham such as the Hippodrome Theatre, in schools, universities, some workplaces and at home. LFTs are for people who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
What research are we doing and why?
Some people with no COVID-19 symptoms use LFTs and some do not. The University of Birmingham are researching why this might be. We are interested in what people understand about LFT tests, why people choose to take an LFT test or not and how people behave after they get their results. We hope that information gained via this research will help improve lateral flow testing in Birmingham.
What do I need to do?
We will be asking people to complete an online survey about their experiences with LFTs. This should take about 5-10 minutes. The answers you provide will be used anonymously (without anyone knowing who gave which answers).
As part of this survey we will ask if you would like to take part in a short telephone interview. If you decide to complete the survey, you do not have to agree to a telephone interview, it is completely up to you.
If you would prefer not to take part in this survey this will not affect your access to LFT testing or any other health services. If you would like to stop taking part in this research you can do so at any time without having to give any reason.
How will we take care of the data you give us?
Your answers to this survey will be held securely at the University of Birmingham. Any contact info you provide will also be held securely according to data protection regulations.
Will I find out the results of this research?
After we have analysed the data from the surveys and interviews we will make a summary available online. You will also be given the option to provide an e-mail address to which we will send a summary of the findings in due course.
If you have been affected by any of this issues discussed in this research project or are struggling in any way due to COVID-19, you may find the information available via the links below helpful.
Support available to residents of Birmingham:
How to access support:
Well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic:
If you would like to ask any further questions please email the research team at email@example.com