SERVICE: Social and Emotional Resilience for the Vulnerable Impacted by the COVID-19 Emergency

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:7 publications

Grant number: EP/V027263/1

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Start & end year

  • Known Financial Commitments (USD)

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Open University
  • Research Category

    Secondary impacts of disease, response & control measures

  • Research Subcategory

    Indirect health impacts

  • Special Interest Tags


  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Adults (18 and older)Older adults (65 and older)

  • Vulnerable Population


  • Occupations of Interest



The social distancing imposed by COVID-19 is likely to effect unprecedented psychological impacts. This proposal responds to this need, applying our research on socio-technical resilience to: - Investigate the lived experience of the pandemic on older adults and their support networks. - Support the resilience of these networks in meeting ongoing emotional needs through the development of an adaptive digital platform which enables the recording, sharing, and analysing of wellbeing within a secure and privacy-respecting environment. We will also produce critical data and resources: - Multimethod public datasets on the social implications of COVID-19 and social distancing, the lived experience of social isolation, and the relationships between social support structures, digital engagement, and wellbeing over time. - Methods for software adaptivity in response to an individual's psychological requirements. Our work will address these research questions: 1. What are the benefits and shortcomings to socially distanced older people and their support networks of digitally recording, sharing and analysing psychological states? 2. How can a digital platform support the social support dynamics (requesting, offering and accepting) that were previously face-to-face? 3. What are the real-time relationships between social behaviours, loneliness, and emotion regulation for socially distanced older people? 4. How can we predict trends and trigger system adaptivity to encourage interpersonal engagement and thereby reduce the negative impacts of isolation? This project seeks to contribute to understanding of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts due to social isolation, by digitally facilitating support/carer interactions and gathering critical data to assist personalized interventions.

Publicationslinked via Europe PMC

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A Device for Prehabilitation of Total Knee Replacement Surgery (Slider): Usability Study.

Digital Intervention in Loneliness in Older Adults: Qualitative Analysis of User Studies.

Significant Features for Human Activity Recognition Using Tri-Axial Accelerometers.

Loneliness in older people and COVID-19: Applying the social identity approach to digital intervention design.

Designing Tangibles to Support Emotion Logging for Older Adults: Development and Usability Study.

'Oh no, not a group!' The factors that lonely or isolated people report as barriers to joining groups for health and well-being.

"Building the Threads of Connection that We Already Have": The Nature of Connections via Technology for Older People.