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Covid-19 Mental Health Impacts on Work Productivity
Last registered on April 14, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Covid-19 Mental Health Impacts on Work Productivity
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007544
Initial registration date
April 13, 2021
Last updated
April 14, 2021 11:09 AM EDT
Location(s)

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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Florida State University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2021-04-13
End date
2021-07-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Emerging evidence suggests that work and movement restrictions, isolation, and fear of disease associated with the current pandemic are taking an emotional toll on wellbeing and work performance. I consider a strategy for improving wellbeing by broadening access to proven app-based mental health treatment. I hypothesize that use of a mental health app can improve emotional wellbeing and work productivity in the general population. I have designed a randomized controlled trial to test this hypothesis with the general American population.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Magee, Ellis. 2021. "Covid-19 Mental Health Impacts on Work Productivity." AEA RCT Registry. April 14. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7544-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The treatment condition will involve encouragement to use a mental wellness app.
Intervention Start Date
2021-04-13
Intervention End Date
2021-04-28
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
The primary outcomes are changes in stated mental wellbeing and changes in stated work productivity over the two-week duration of the experiment.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Stated mental wellbeing is reported by the participant and verified by checking against responses to the PHQ-2 and GAD-2.
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
This is a randomized controlled trial with one treatment arm and one control arm. The treatment condition is an intervention encouraging usage of a mental wellness app. The experiment involves measurement of emotional wellbeing and work productivity at the baseline and endline of the experiment.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization is completed by the Qualtrics survey software
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
1000 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
1000 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
500 individuals control, 500 individuals treatment
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
The minimum detectable effect size, assuming 20% attrition, is 0.2 standard deviations.
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Florida State University Office for Human Subjects Protection
IRB Approval Date
2020-09-18
IRB Approval Number
STUDY00001643
Analysis Plan

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