The COVID-19 pandemic is a global life-changing event effecting all parts of society. Research, as with all aspects of life, has been directly affected.
My own research activities have been impacted. I am now working from home in a busy family household (with all the challenges that brings), studies that I lead and collaborate in have been paused indefinitely, new major grants awarded since lockdown are unable to start.
However there are also opportunities. I have become actively involved in a number of funded COVID related studies, new opportunities of digital collaboration and remote working are becoming apparent, new collaborations are forming and the requirement for taking an interdisciplinary approach to research has never been more apparent!
This week’s #OTALK provides an opportunity for us to look at the challenges and opportunities that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had for occupational therapists involved in research. I am looking forward to joining you all for a great discussion!
Questions to discuss:1. What has changed in your research activities as a result of COVID-19?
2. What challenges have you faced as a result of COVID-19 and how (if you possible) have you overcome them?
3. What areas should occupational therapists be leading or collaborating in as a consequence of COVID-19?
4. What can we learn from this time so that our future research, and research activities, becomes smarter, more focused, and more impactful?