COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey

The COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey provides information about how New Zealanders have been impacted by COVID-19.

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Purpose

The purpose of the COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey is to support the government’s response to COVID-19.

It was designed to provide regular monitoring and reporting on key areas of interest such as people's:

  • health and wellbeing
  • understanding and compliance of the Alert Level rules
  • financial impacts of COVID-19.

Results have been used to understand what additional support and information New Zealanders need around COVID-19.


Details

The survey started on 30 March 2020, 4 days after New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

Every day nearly 300 people, aged 15 years and above, complete a 10−15 minute phone interview. Each day a different set of people are interviewed.

A team from CBG Health Research Limited are interviewing people using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI).

Sample

The survey interviews people who have previously taken part in the New Zealand Health Survey and consented to participating in future research. The New Zealand Health Survey sample was selected using a stratified, multi-stage sampling design. 

There are some limitations to the sample used, such as small numbers of Asian and Pacific respondents. It’s also possible that people who agree to participate in the COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey would answer the survey questions differently to people who decline to participate. The survey is conducted in English so only respondents who can speak English are able to participate.

Questionnaire

The questionnaire was developed by the Ministry of Health and CBG Health Research Limited. Many of the survey questions use a recall period of 7 days which enables weekly reporting and monitoring of changes at a total level. Some survey questions were added and changed after the survey started, so for these questions data is not available for the whole survey period.

Read the questionnaire:


Analysis and reporting

The weekly report summarises the results for the most recent week and trends over time. The results have been weighted to be representative of the New Zealand adult population, using census data on distributions of ethnicity, age, sex and deprivation.

The weekly results are provisional and should be used with caution. To enable sharing of timely and relevant information, the data cleaning and quality assurance processes have not yet been fully completed. These results may therefore need to be revised in the future. 

Where possible and appropriate, comparisons with the 2018/19 New Zealand Health Survey have been made. These comparisons are indicative only because there are differences in methodology and survey questions.

The survey close date has not been decided. After it closes a complete dataset will be prepared and more detailed results will be released. This will show results for different demographic groups (eg, by gender, ethnicity, age, neighbourhood deprivation and essential worker status).


Weekly report

Key findings from the thirteenth week of surveying (22-28 June 2020) include:

  • most respondents find the current Alert Level rules clear (97%) and easy to follow (99%)
  • most (88%) see themselves as in good health
  • 83% are satisfied with life these days
  • 8% of respondents experienced anxiety or depression symptoms in the past week
  • 18% felt lonely or isolated to some extent in the past week, compared with 34% in the first week of surveying
  • 5% have struggled to pay basic living costs, such as for food or accommodation, in the past week
  • the proportion feeling worried about the health of their family members has increased in the past two weeks from 33% to 45%
  • the proportion feeling worried about the COVID-19 information from their main source has increased in the past two weeks from 28% to 49%

Read the full report:


Contact

If you have any queries about the COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey, please email healthsurvey@health.govt.nz.


Related information

COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey — Information for participants 

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