It is particularly important for us to investigate how the corona crisis is affecting people with chronic illnesses, who are at high risk of developing serious consequences in relation to COVID-19. People with chronic illnesses may also be affected by the radical replacement of non-acute services within the healthcare sector. In collaboration with Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen and the Danish Diabetes Association, we will focus on people with diabetes and how they are experiencing the corona crisis. For further information, please contact:
Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen
Head of Health Promotion Research Morten Hulvej Rod
Research Manager Ingrid Willaing
Research Assistant Kristoffer Panduro Madsen
Senior Researcher Lene Eide Joensen
The Danish Diabetes Association
Head of Research Tanja Thybo
Although the data we collect may be used by other leading research groups in the future, this project is primarily about gathering data that can only be collected as the crisis evolves. As such, it is important that our results are communicated quickly to people as they are experiencing the lockdown. To facilitate this, the project has entered into a collaboration with Politiken, one of Denmark’s foremost newspapers. Their journalists will continuously report the results of this project, and this will function as way to disseminate important information to the general population.
Since the start of the Danish government’s COVID-19 lockdown and public-information campaign, young people have been portrayed as a target group that is both difficult to reach and less likely to comply with government guidelines.
The Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC) includes approximately 90,000 adolescents and their mothers, who have contributed data from pregnancy up until the present day. We plan to utilise this invaluable resource by launching a new data collection in the midst of the lockdown. This will help us understand how young people and their mothers are experiencing it, what measures they are taking to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and whether they have experienced symptoms of it. We will also collect information on participants’ well-being during the corona crisis in ways similar to when the participants were age 18 (34,500 individuals). This provides us with a unique opportunity to explore how the social-distancing measures that are currently in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 (for example, school closures, bans on social gatherings, etc.) are affecting young people’s mental well-being and feelings of loneliness.
For more information, please contact Associate Professor Katrine Strandberg-Larsen: firstname.lastname@example.org
DNBC Secretariat at Statens Serum Institut: email@example.com
The research project has received 5.8 million Danish kroner from the Danish government to investigate the consequences of COVID-19 on pregnant women, their partners, and their newborn children. Based on a precautionary approach, pregnant women are considered to be a vulnerable group. Lack of knowledge about the consequences of COVID-19 on pregnant women may lead to increased worries.
This project investigates the consequences of COVID-19 in each trimester of the pregnancy. Pregnant women have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire at their 20-week scan. The questionnaire has been designed to document pregnant women's concerns during the corona crisis and is a collaboration with Standing together – at a distance. The questionnaire addresses the women's thoughts and concerns about pregnancy, birth, and maternity leave, where many things have changed and remain unknown under the current circumstances. Moreover, pregnant women are asked about their mental health, sleep, and social isolation, and which precautions they are taking. The National Committee on Health Research Ethics has granted approval to combine the questionnaire and biological data collected in this study. The research project aims to document how the corona crisis affects pregnant women, and whether pregnant women have particular concerns compared to other vulnerable groups.
For more information, please contact the project group via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
People with a cancer diagnosis are particularly vulnerable if they become infected with COVID-19; thus, it is important to elucidate the effects of the corona crisis on this group. Cancer patients may also be affected by the radical reorganisation of non-acute services within the healthcare sector (e.g., postponed or cancelled examinations and telephone consultations) as well as restrictions on hospital visits from their relatives. In collaboration with the Danish Cancer Society, we will investigate how people living with cancer are experiencing the corona crisis.
For further information, please contact:
Development consultant Malene Lindgaard Kloster: email@example.com
Development consultant Camilla Faldt Thomsen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Patient Support Bo Rix: email@example.com
On 30 April 2020, our project ‘Standing together – at a distance’ received a grant of DKK 545,000 from the VELUX FOUNDATIONS. You can read more about our funding here.
This grant was awarded as part of the VELUX FOUNDATIONS’ special pool for data-collection projects related to studying COVID-19 in Denmark. A total of DKK 5.5 million was awarded to 13 projects anchored in the humanities and social sciences that are exploring how the COVID-19 crisis affects our lives and communities. In addition to the ‘Standing together – at a distance’ project, these funding recipients are:
- Center for Digital Welfare, IT University of Copenhagen: “The grammar of participation: What can we learn from the radical digitalisation of everyday life during the corona crisis?” https://deltagelsensgrammatik.itu.dk/
- The National Museum of Denmark: “Diary project: Collecting the Danes’ everyday stories during the corona crisis – ethnologic research, building a data repository, dissemination, and preparation for research collaboration” https://natmus.dk/dagemedcorona/
- Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University: “How can the health crisis strengthen the green transition? A Danish contribution to Bruno Latour’s re-description of Europe” https://ruc.dk/nyheder/rucprojekter-skal-dokumentere-coronakrisens-konsekvenser
- Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen: “Cross-national dynamics in risk-related attitudes on social media during the Covid-19 outbreak” https://antropologi.ku.dk/ominstituttet/Nyheder/styrker-eller-svaekker-coranakrisen-indsatsen-mod-klimaforandringer/
- Department of Politics and Society, Aalborg University: “The management of Covid-19 in municipal eldercare in the Nordic countries” https://www.politik-samfund.aau.dk/forskning/forskningsprojekter/projekt/forebyggelse-og-haandtering-af-covid-19-i-nordisk-kommunal-aeldrepleje.cid476101
- Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen: “‘Vulnerable seniors, social relations, and technological innovation in the time of corona” https://antropologi.ku.dk/ominstituttet/nyheder/nyt-projekt-undersoeger-digitalisering-af-aeldreomsorgen-under-coronakrisen/
- Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University: “Unemployed in a time of crisis – the experiences and accountability of unemployed people during the corona crisis” https://forskning.ruc.dk/da/projects/arbejdsl%C3%B8s-i-en-krisetid-arbejdsl%C3%B8ses-erfaringer-og-ansvarligg%C3%B8re
- Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University: “Family life in the time of corona” https://projekter.au.dk/familieliv-i-en-coronatid/
- School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University: “Children’s digital lives during the corona crisis” https://projekter.au.dk/digitalt-boerneliv-under-corona/
- Department of Sociology, Environmental and Business Economics (SEBE), University of Southern Denmark: “Risk, emotions, and confidence in a health crisis: the teacher–parent relationship and digitalisation during the Covid-19 pandemic” https://www.sdu.dk/da/om_sdu/fakulteterne/samfundsvidenskab/sam_nyhedsliste/skole_hjem_samarbejde
- Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University: “The pandemic city” https://forskning.ruc.dk/en/projects/den-pandemiske-by
- Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (ToRS), University of Copenhagen: “The Covid-19 crisis – religion and existential wellbeing” https://ccrs.ku.dk/research/centres-and-projects/covid-19--religion-and-existential-wellbeing/
For more information about this funding, please contact:
Fund advisor and programme manager, VELUX FONDEN
Phone:+ 45 29 41 79 07
DaneAge is a voluntary organisation with over 900,000 members. DaneAge works to ensure that people in Denmark can live a good life throughout their lives. In 215 local branches across the country, there are almost 100,000 events held each year, which form the framework for thousands of local communities. At the same time, many of DaneAge’s more than 20,000 volunteers work with programmes for marginalised and vulnerable older people in the local area. A number of voluntary activities are also intergenerational – e.g., ‘reading aunts’ read stories to school-aged children and, in many places, young people volunteer in DaneAge’s visiting service.
Preventing and fighting loneliness is one of DaneAge’s main focus areas, and the organisation is a co-founder of the People’s Movement against Loneliness, which works on the basis of a vision that no one in Denmark should be affected by severe loneliness.
For more information, please contact David Vincent Nielsen, social-humanitarian consultant, Volunteer department: firstname.lastname@example.org
DaneAge’s website: https://www.aeldresagen.dk/om-aeldresagen/aeldresagen/in-english
Information in English about the People's Movement against Loneliness: https://www.maryfonden.dk/en/node/1826