New national study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 launched
A major UK research study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients has been launched today.
The PHOSP-COVID study has been awarded £8.4million jointly by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This study is one of a number of COVID-19 studies that have been given urgent public health research status by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Led by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre the PHOSP-COVID study draws on expertise from a consortium of leading researchers and clinicians from across the UK, including the NIHR Newcastle BRC; a partnership between the Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University.
Around 10,000 patients are expected to take part, making it the largest comprehensive study in the world to understand and improve the health of survivors after hospitalisation from COVID-19.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are learning more and more about the impact the disease can have not only on immediate health, but longer-term physical and mental health too.
This world-leading study is another fantastic contribution from the UK’s world-leading life sciences and research sector. It will also help to ensure future treatment can be tailored as much as possible to the person.
Symptoms of COVID-19 have varied among those who have tested positive: some have displayed no symptoms, while others have developed severe pneumonia and sadly even lost their lives. For those who were hospitalised and have since been discharged, it is not yet clear what the medical, psychological and rehabilitation needs for this group of patients will be to enable them to make as full a recovery as possible.
Patients on the study will be assessed using techniques such as advanced imaging, data collection and analysis of blood and lung samples, creating a comprehensive picture of the impact COVID-19 has had on longer term health outcomes across the UK.
The PHOSP-COVID team will then develop trials of new strategies for clinical care, including personalised treatments for groups of patients based on the particular disease characteristics they show as a result of having COVID-19 to improve their long term health.
News story adapted, with thanks, from NIHR Leicester BRC’s press release. To read the full story, visit www.phosp.org