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COVID-19 Trusted Evidence 

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) have established the Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service and we are also supporting the COVID-19 RCGP Scientific Steering Committee.

These rapid systematic review services have gained rapid adoption with over 2 million views for the Evidence Service in its first 10 days, and had in excess of 70 reviews developed an published during April alone.

The Evidence Service is now recognised as having ‘a lasting research value’ by the Oxford University Bodleian Library and worthy of permanent preservation in their web archive.

Further Information:

www.cebm.net/covid-19

COVID-19 and cystic fibrosis rapid guideline
(NG170)

Professor John Powell, Digital health theme lead, is a consultant clinical adviser at NICE, and has been supporting the NICE rapid COVID-19 guidelines programme. For example he was the lead NICE clinical adviser on the COVID-19 and cystic fibrosis rapid guideline (NG170).

Further information:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng170

Managing suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults in the community (NG165)

Professors Richard Hobbs, Trisha Greenhalgh and Carl Henegan also played a key role in developing rapid NICE guidance on managing suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further information:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng165/chapter/2-Treatment-and-care-planning

Direct staff responses

Bethan McDonald, ARC Partner Manager and public health specialist, is supporting the Thames Valley Public Health England health protection team in its response.

This involves providing public health advice, guidance and management support to providers across the Thames Valley. We are working mainly with primary care, secondary care, laboratories, care homes, prisons, schools and local authorities – providing risk assessments of outbreaks and guidance on control and management. 

Further information: 

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england

Recent ARC OxTV news

Self-monitoring of blood pressure does not result in the earlier detection of high blood pressure in pregnancy nor does it improve blood pressure control in those with pregnancy hypertension

Self-monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy neither results in earlier detection of high blood pressure, nor helps with blood pressure control in those who are pregnant, suggest the results of two new papers based on research from researchers supported by the NIHR ARC OxTV at the University of Oxford and King’s College London.

Excess weight in childhood has significant short- and long-term economic costs

Researchers from Oxford Population Health’s Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) and supported by the NIHR ARC OxTV, have recently published a comprehensive review of the evidence on the economic impacts of childhood excess weight. The results, published in the journal Children, highlight both the significant economic impacts of overweight and obesity in children, and the priority areas for future research.