Profiling recovery of those discharged into the community with COVID19
Profiling the determinants of recovery to establish novel rehabilitation guidelines to improve clinically relevant and patient-reported outcomes in the post-COVID-19 period.
University of Derby
Duration of Study in the UK
0 years, 11 months, 14 days
Post-acute COVID-19 or ‘long-COVID’ is a colloquial term used to describe patients reporting persistent symptoms and illness for longer periods than are expected and despite clinical resolution . Although the burden of recovery is still in its infancy, the volume of patients requiring support for chronic symptoms is estimated to be >3 million people, creating an unprecedented demand for health care services around the world. In the absence of a vaccine and with the threat of sustained transmission, infections and COVID-19 mutations, there is an urgent need to develop optimised rehabilitation strategies to support patients in the post-COVID period. To date, there are no data that have profiled the time and determinants of a successful and rapid recovery in the post-COVID-19 period. Long-COVID is a complex, multi-system disease associated with a broad range of symptoms including fever, fatigue shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, neurocognitive difficulties, muscle pains and weakness, depression, and other mental health conditions . Patients who experience, prolonged recovery will require prolonged support and follow ups. The greatest challenge is to support the large volumes of patients with a non-specific clinical picture, >50% of all hospital admissions that are being discharged into community settings with substantial co-morbidities. This project will establish whole patient perspectives that contain multi-method methodologies, objective analysis via longitudinal investigations to document symptom profiles and to establish tailored mechanisms of support for patients recovering in community settings.
South West - Cornwall & Plymouth Research Ethics Committee
Date of REC Opinion
11 Feb 2021
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