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Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak study

ELSA 50+ Health and Life

50th Birthday cake pink What is the ELSA 50+ Health and Life – Impact of the Coronavirus outbreak study?

The ELSA 50+ Health and Life – Impact of the Coronavirus outbreak study is a unique research study undertaken by the ELSA research team. The study will help to understand the impact that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) is having on the health and lives of people aged 50 years and over.

The information will be used by researchers to understand the impact of the Coronavirus and inform future policies. Data will be used by government to inform future policy both for those affected by Covid-19 and for health and social systems.

Info Who is carrying out the research?

The study is being carried out by the ELSA research team which comprises five collaborating institutions: NatCen Social Research, University College London, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the University of Manchester and the University of East Anglia.

Tickbox  Why have I been selected to take part?

You have been selected to take part because you or your partner have taken part in the ELSA - 50+ Health and Life study.

Tickbox How can I take part?

If you have been invited to take part, you will receive either a letter in the post or an email with instructions on how to access the online survey. You can access the online survey using this link:
The letter / email will include your unique code to access the survey.

Question Mark What will taking part involve?

The survey involves an online questionnaire. This will take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Full instructions on how to access the survey can be found on the letter / email you have been sent.

Question Mark What will you ask me questions about?

The questionnaire will contain a range of topics, some of which you will be familiar with from the ELSA survey. The survey will ask some general questions about your health and living standards, as well as asking you about social contact and daily activities. The survey will also ask specific questions about your life during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Question Mark Do I have to take part?

No, taking part in this study is entirely voluntary. You have the right to withdraw at any stage. If you would like to leave ELSA, please get in touch so we can update your records. You can also decide that you want to be part of the ELSA study but opt-out from this coronavirus (Covid-19) questionnaire.

Speech Bubble Will my answers make a difference?

The results from this study will inform researchers on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak and look at how policymakers need to respond in terms of policies to support those affected and the needs of future health and social systems.

Speech Bubble Do I have to complete the online questionnaire in one go?

It should only take 30 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted and need to exit the questionnaire then you will be able to return to where you left off. The questionnaire will be saved automatically, so you can close your internet browser and return to complete it at a more convenient time. To regain access to the questionnaire, just click again on the link in your email and you will return to where you left off.

Speech Bubble The online questionnaire timed out.

To protect the confidentiality of your answers, the questionnaire is closed down if it is left for a period of time. Your answers will have been saved so you can log back in by clicking on the link we sent you in the email.

Speech Bubble I have completed my questionnaire, but you sent me an email to remind me to do this.

Thank you for taking part! It might be that you completed the questionnaire after we had checked our records. We apologise, but we will have safely received your answers.

Speech Bubble Does this survey replace the regular face-to-face ELSA interview?

No, this survey is an additional piece of research during the current Coronavirus outbreak to understand how it is currently affecting people aged 50 years and over. There will also be the regular face-to-face ELSA interview at the end of the pandemic emergency and we will write to you about this separately.

Pound Will I receive a voucher for taking part?

Everyone who completes the questionnaire will receive a £10 voucher as a token of our appreciation.

Envelope With Lock How do you safeguard my privacy?

The data is used for statistical and research purposes only and will be linked to any previous responses and data we’ve collected at previous ELSA surveys. We will treat your information in the strictest confidence under current data protection legislation. Your personal details will only be known to the members of the ELSA team who administer and process the results of the survey, stored securely and will never be passed on to anyone else. All your information will be held by the ELSA team until no longer required in accordance with current data protection legislation. You can read more about ELSA privacy policy on this link.

Envelope With Lock Can I request access to my data?

You have the right to request access to your data, to amend it if it is incorrect, or that your data is deleted (if still in its raw form). For more information about your data and your rights, you can contact the NatCen Data Protection Officer by email:

Email_Icon How can I contact you?

To get in touch you can email us at or call our freephone 0800 652 4574.