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ACCP Report - May 2020

Villanova University College of Nursing Initiates National COVID-19 Study of Health Care, First Responder, and Service Workers


The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing at Villanova University has launched the national COVID-19 Caring About Health for All (CHAMPS) Study to examine data on the physical and mental health and well-being of workers potentially exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Managing the health care needs of patients with COVID-19 has tremendously affected not only the lives of those delivering health care directly but also the lives of those who support this effort, from ambulance drivers to maintenance and housekeeping staff, whose service has been essential to maintaining the health care enterprise. All of the essential workers have one thing in common: they are at increased risk of exposure to the virus as well as disruption of their personal and social lives. The COVID-19 CHAMPS Study is designed to understand the immediate as well as the long-term effects on these workers’ health, lives, and careers.

The objective of CHAMPS is to assess the short- and long-term physical, social, and behavioral health of all involved in supporting or delivering care for patients with COVID-19. CHAMPS will also serve as a registry for future, hypothesis-driven substudies of behavioral and biological coping mechanisms and allostatic load (wear and tear on the body), as well as randomized clinical trials. Participants will be recruited throughout the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands), with outcomes followed longitudinally for 20 years.

The study will obtain data on the physical and mental health and well-being of workers potentially exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the course of their duties. Included are a broad range of occupations, such as those working in the community (police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel, screening staff), as well as those working in permanent or temporary sites who care for patients (pharmacists, nurses, physicians, other health professionals, and service staff).

More information on and access to the COVID-19 CHAMPS Study are available at www.villanova.edu/CHAMPS.