Case Studies

International Collaborative Research on COVID-19 Behavioral Insights and Impacts

Chulalongkorn University’s College of Public Health Sciences (CPHS) has played a pivotal role in a collaborative research initiative with the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), focusing on in-depth data analysis and impact assessment of COVID-19 during the years 2022-2023. This research effort was designed to provide valuable insights for managing the COVID-19 pandemic and to serve as a comprehensive resource for addressing potential future pandemics. The study is a collaboration data gathering among the members of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), conducted by the Global Health Program in 14 countries, including China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Singapore, Ecuador, Mexico, Indonesia, New Zealand, the United States, the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, and Thailand, engaged over 8,400 participants, with 600 participants from Thailand.

The primary objective of this research was to provide a comprehensive understanding of the behavioral aspects and perception of the impact of COVID-19 on individuals across the participating countries. By examining the resilience levels and associations with maladaptive coping behaviors in response to the pandemic, this study aimed to offer insights crucial for developing effective strategies that can assist in pandemic management and resilience building for future outbreaks.

The research yielded three notable publications, namely:

  1. “Resilience level and its association with maladaptive coping behaviors in the COVID-19 pandemic: a global survey of the general populations”, Globalization and Health (2023)1
  2. “Factors Associated with Vaccination Intention against the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Global Population-Based Study”, Plos One, (2022)2
  3. “Factors associated with weight gain during COVID-19 pandemic: A global study”, MDPI, (2023)3

These publications not only add to the global body of knowledge on COVID-19 but also serve as valuable resources for policymakers, researchers, and healthcare professionals involved in managing and responding to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The collaboration on data gathering with APRU enabled Chulalongkorn University to contribute to global efforts aimed at understanding the pandemic’s impact and its associated behavioral patterns.

Furthermore, Chulalongkorn University’s involvement in this research demonstrates the university’s commitment to international collaboration in addressing global health challenges. By participating in such initiatives, the university showcases its dedication to promoting resilience and mitigating the consequences of future pandemics.

In conclusion, the collaboration between Chulalongkorn University and APRU on this international collaborative research project has been instrumental in providing critical insights into COVID-19’s behavioral impacts and perceptions, with the aim of improving global pandemic management strategies. The knowledge generated from this collaboration serves as a valuable resource in the ongoing fight against the pandemic and in preparing for future health crises. Chulalongkorn University’s involvement highlights the importance of international collaboration in addressing global health challenges as a best practice for tackling issues in SDGs.

1 https://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12992-022-00903-8
2 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0284283
3 https://www.mdpi.com/2076-393X/10/9/1539

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