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Type: Journal article
Title: New methodologies for conducting maternal, infant, and child nutrition research in the era of covid-19
Author: Gould, J.F.
Best, K.
Netting, M.J.
Gibson, R.A.
Makrides, M.
Citation: Nutrients, 2021; 13(3):1-11
Publisher: MDPI
Issue Date: 2021
ISSN: 2072-6643
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Jacqueline F. Gould, Karen Best, Merryn J. Netting, Robert A. Gibson and Maria Makrides
Abstract: The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak rapidly became a worldwide pandemic in early 2020. In Australia, government-mandated restrictions on non-essential face-to-face contact in the healthcare setting have been crucial for limiting opportunities for COVID-19 transmission, but they have severely limited, and even halted, many research activities. Our institute’s research practices in the vulnerable populations of pregnant women and young infants needed to adapt in order to continue without exposing participants, or staff, to an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Here, we discuss our pre-and-post COVID-19 methods for conducting research regarding nutrition during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. We discuss modifications to study methods implemented to avoid face-to-face contact when identifying and recruiting potential participants, gaining informed consent, conducting appointments, and collecting outcome data, and the implications of these changes. The COVID-19 pandemic has required numerous changes to the conduct of research activities, but many of those modifications will be useful in post-COVID-19 research settings.
Keywords: Clinical trial; COVID-19; coronavirus; pandemic; methodology; RCT; research methods
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// 4.0/).
DOI: 10.3390/nu13030941
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