COVID-19 resources for researchers

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Health and care system responses to the Covid-19 pandemic: how real time evaluation can help you improve outcomes for individuals, organisations, partnerships, localities and systems

Cordis Bright

A set of slides outlining approaches to real-time evaluation of the integrated care system and its responses to the pandemic. These approaches can be used to support systems and organisations make evidence-led decisions and support the sustainability of innovation as services collectively move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The slides outline five system behaviours in response to the pandemic, many of which can manifest simultaneously: Revert, Status Quo, System improvements, Rapid adoption and Innovation and transformation. The benefits and advantages of real time evaluation include: it helps identify how systems have changed; provides an independent, objective perspective; assesses the scale and nature of impact (positive and negative, expected and unexpected); understands what has worked, what hasn’t, and what might in the future; explores how decisions were made under pressure; supports decision-making for ongoing investment decisions and future improvement programmes.

Last updated on hub: 25 June 2020

COVID-19: research studies on children and young people's views

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

This portal collates completed and ongoing studies on how children and young people are experiencing the impact of covid-19, and lockdown – from their education to staying at home with family, from the way they access health and support services to their emotional health and wellbeing.

Last updated on hub: 22 June 2020

Coronavirus and loneliness, Great Britain: 3 April to 3 May 2020

The Office for National Statistics

Analysis of loneliness in Great Britain during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey. Data shows that 5% of people in Great Britain (2.6 million adults) reported that they felt lonely "often" or "always" between 3 April and 3 May 2020, about the same proportion as pre-lockdown. Of those asked, 30.9% (7.4 million adults) reported their well-being had been affected through their feeling lonely in the past seven days. Working-age adults living alone were more likely to report loneliness both “often or always” and over the past seven days than the average adult; this was also the case for those in "bad" or "very bad" health, in rented accommodation, or who were either single, or divorced, separated or a former or separated civil partner. Both those feeling lonely “often or always” and in the past seven days had lower personal well-being scores including higher anxiety scores than the Great Britain average and were more likely than the average to say they were struggling to find things that help them cope during lockdown. Around 7 in 10 of those feeling lonely “often or always” “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they had people who would be there for them, compared with 9 in 10 of the Great Britain average.

Last updated on hub: 16 June 2020

BAME women and Covid-19: research evidence

Fawcett Society

This research looks at the implications of Covid-19 and lockdown measures on BAME women. It draws on the data from a survey of an online panel, which comprised parents with at least one child aged 11 or under, people with low income, and BAME respondents (448 BAME women and 401 BAME men, and 1,308 white women). The study reveals that concerns about debt are disproportionately high in the BAME female population; nearly a quarter of BAME mothers reported that they were struggling to feed their children (23.7%, compared to 19% of white mothers); over twice as many BAME women and men reported that they had recently lost support from the government than white women and men. BAME respondents were also more likely to say they had lost support from other people and were less likely to say that there were people outside of their household who they could rely on for help. Life satisfaction and happiness were lowest for BAME women, and anxiety was highest for all women compared to men - 65.1% BAME women and 73.8% of BAME men working outside the home reported anxiety as a result of having to go out to work during the coronavirus pandemic. The report identifies a number of action points for the government and calls for a public inquiry into the disproportionate deaths of BAME people and migrants from Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020

Readying the NHS and adult social care in England for COVID-19

National Audit Office

This report sets out the evidence around government’s progress in preparing the NHS and social care for the COVID-19 outbreak. The report examines the facts relating to the coordination of the NHS and social care response; the change in demand for hospital care and the impact of increased bed and respiratory support capacity; the provision of adult social care and shielding for the most vulnerable; and expanding, equipping and supporting the health and adult social care workforces. Key findings include: there is concerns in parts of the social care sector that local authorities have not increased fee rates paid to care providers; while reported outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes peaked at the start of April, it is not known how many residents have had COVID-19 or how many of those discharged from hospitals into care homes had COVID-19 at the time of discharge; about half of the 2.2 million people classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 have registered for support; on average, reported staff absence rates in care homes were around 10 per cent between mid-April and mid-May; from 28 April, all social care workers were eligible for tests, but the Department capped the daily amount of care home tests at 30,000; the central stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was designed for a flu pandemic and a range of bodies across health and social care have expressed concern about PPE supply; the supply of PPE from central sources up to mid-May only met some of the modelled requirement from health and social care providers.

Last updated on hub: 15 June 2020