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HSS Research Institute

The Psychosocial Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Rheumatology Patient Experience

IRB Number: 2020-0956

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

September 21, 2020

The safety of study participants is our top priority. The trial is approved and periodically reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), which includes doctors, administrators, ethicists, and members of the general public. The safety of clinical trials is reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Principal Investigator

Jillian Rose, PhD, MPH, LCSW


Adena Batterman, MSW, LCSW
Melissa Flores, LCSW
Roberta Horton, LCSW, ACSW
Juliette Kleinman, LCSW, ACSW
Adena Batterman, MSW, LCSW
Mavis Seehaus, MS, LCSW
Roberta Horton, LCSW, ACSW


This is a needs assessment study conducted via HIPAA-compliant online survey platform to understand the psychosocial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the rheumatic patient experience including: self-reported physical health, mental health, illness management, access to care, social environment, access to social services, emotional support and other resources. To participate, study enrollees complete a one-time 20-minute online questionnaire. Maximum enrollment is 300 and the enrollment period is from July 2020 to October 2020

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:
Participants must be over the age of 18 and diagnosed with a rheumatic condition and currently speaking English and/or Spanish.

Exclusion Criteria:
People under the age of 18 and/or who are not diagnosed with a rheumatic condition who speak a language other than English and/or Spanish.

Contact Information

Jillian Rose, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Director, Community Engagement, Diversity & Research
Melissa Flores, LCSW, Outcomes Manager