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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

Willingness of Children and Adolescents to have COVID-19 Vaccination

The OxWell School Survey 2021 highlights that younger children and adolescents are the least willing to have the COVID-19 vaccination. These young people come from the most socioeconomically deprived backgrounds, feel less belonging to their school community and think they have probably had COVID-19 already.

Cancer-risk research featured in special edition of PLOS Medicine focussed on advances in early cancer detection

The research is highlighted in a special collection of studies that focus on early cancer detection, hailed by the Editors as “cutting edge, and potentially scalable, innovations that have the potential to inform research, policy, and clinical cancer management.”