Serial Cross-sectional studies from ethics, legal and social perspectives on the adoption of TraceTogether by patients and visitors to TTSH

The Team

The Proposal

Rapid contact tracing is crucial in the effective control of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also one key strategy that would allow the society to return to some normalcy whilst keeping the risks to public health at a minimum.

The aims of this interdisciplinary research are to:

1) assess for the knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, and acceptance of TraceTogether and

2) discover the factors affecting the adoption of TraceTogether (App and token) by patients and visitors to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) within TTSH premises and hopefully also beyond TTSH in the community.

It combines the disciplines of communicable disease control, innovation studies as well as law, ethics and policy as it also enquires into legal issues such as privacy and the common good.

This longitudinal study began in July 2020 just as Phase 2 of Singapore’s re-opening had begun and has seen the use of contact tracing apps and tokens evolve over the months as society eased back into some semblance of normalcy. We have, in the short time, already published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal, detailing our preliminary analysis of the data gathered in the first six months of the study. It can be found here:

Zhilian Huang, Huiling Guo, Hannah Yee Fen LIM, Angela Chow, “Awareness, acceptance, and adoption of the national digital contact tracing tool post COVID-19 lockdown among visitors to a public hospital in Singapore” Clinical Microbiology and Infection (Article in press but published online 20 January 2021.

Once all the data has been cleaned and analysed, we will be publishing further peer-reviewed articles.