CICADA: Coronavirus Chronic Conditions and Disabilities Awareness Study

Many people from minoritised ethnic groups, especially those with underlying (chronic) conditions/disabilities, face barriers to accessing:

  • networks of emotional and practical support,
  • health and social care,
  • vital ‘resources’, such as medicine and food.

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened their plight, and post-Covid syndrome has emerged in many of those who got COVID.

Our 18-month study is learning from the experiences of people with chronic conditions (including long covid) and disabilities who are from different ethnic minority groups.

We are working hard to develop simple strategies, guidelines, recommendations and easily adopted actions and interventions to improve future experiences, health and wellbeing outcomes of these groups.

Our approach uses various methods – surveys, interviews, workshops, literature review – and until recently has mainly managed to do so through remote working. We have some exciting data to share!

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Latest News

Research workshops completed

The last of our spring series of workshops was completed this week. It took place in Bradford. These workshops explored with interviewees from stage 1 of the study how things had changed since last year for them. We will carry…

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April CICADA Newsletter is now published

It has been an exciting time on the study. We have conducted most of our interviews and continue to expand and evaluate the data from the large three-wave CICADA survey. Read our newsletter to catch up with what has been…

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Sponsorship and Funding

The CICADA Study is sponsored by University College London (UCL) and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HS&DR programme (NIHR132914). The views expressed are those of the study team/author(s) and not necessarily those of the sponsor or of NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.
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