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Remote data collection during COVID-19 restrictions: an example from a refugee and asylum-seeker participant group in the UK

Walker, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-2459-7860, Bailey, D., Churchill, R. & Peckham, E. (2021). Remote data collection during COVID-19 restrictions: an example from a refugee and asylum-seeker participant group in the UK. Trials, 22(1), article number 117. doi: 10.1186/s13063-021-05058-2


This article describes how one trial site of the Refugee Emergency: Defining and Implementing Novel Evidence-based psychosocial interventions (RE-DEFINE) study, designed to evaluate a Self Help+ intervention with Arabic-speaking refugees and asylum seekers currently living in the UK and experiencing stress, was adapted to accommodate social distancing rules and working from home during the COVID-19 restrictions. Digital divide, risk and safety management, acceptability of remote data collection and practical considerations are described. The adaptions to methods have practical implications for researchers looking for more flexible approaches in response to continuing restrictions resulting from COVID-19, and the authors believe that others could adopt such an approach. The need for a further acceptability study focusing on human and economic costs and benefits of telephone and video as an alternative to face-to-face data collection is indicated.

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Publisher Keywords: Remote data collection, COVID-19, Lockdown, Refugee, Asylum seeker, Arabic, Digital divide, Risk management
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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