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Involving people in telehealth research during the COVID-19 pandemic: the challenges of scale, engagement and inclusivity.
MRC Epidemiology Unit scientists Dr Kirsten Rennie and Dr Rebecca Richards will discuss how telehealth approaches are transforming how we are conducting research. They will focus on two examples, examining how we are assessing people’s health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic and in a weight management intervention.

Dr Kirsten Rennie is a Senior Research Associate leading the development of research on physical activity and diet in patient populations for the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Theme on Diet, Lifestyle and Nutrition. She is an investigator on the Fenland Covid-19 study, which aims to determine the proportion of people who have had COVID-19 in the Fenland cohort, which is broadly representative of the population of Cambridgeshire.

Dr Rebecca Richards is a Postdoctoral Research Associate specialising in the development of scalable, cost-effective psychological and behavioural interventions for weight loss and weight maintenance, using a personalised approach. She also has a special interest in habit theory applied to weight loss maintenance. She is currently leading the development and evaluation of the SWiM-COVID study, which is a randomised controlled trial of an online, acceptance-based behavioural intervention to support adults weight overweight and obesity to manage their weight during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mar 30, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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