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PRINCIPLE

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find out whether selected treatments given to people at higher risk of becoming more ill when they are infected with COVID-19 can help reduce the need for hospitalisation and the length of stay required, helping people recover quicker and with fewer complications. The trial is recruiting participants through GP practices across the UK.

Contact:

principle@phc.ox.ac.uk

www.principletrial.org

RAPTOR COVID-19

Evaluation of rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests for community use against reference standards (PCR swabs) as technologies become available (Nicholson, Hobbs).

Scaling up testing will be a key UK priority to better understand and control COVID-19 transmission and reinfections rates.

Contact:

Professor RIchard Hobbs via his PA: richard.hobbs_pa@phc.ox.ac.uk

Mental health:

Co-SPACE Survey 

"COVID-19 Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children in Epidemics. "

This digital survey aims to track children and Young People's mental health during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also working closely with policy makers and community/voluntary organisations; and linking up with a number of international teams to replicate the survey elsewhere (and link data).

Contact:

www.psy.ox.ac.uk/research/topic-research-group/supporting-parents-adolescents-and-children-during-epidemics

emergingminds.org.uk

Fast tracked projects

The cancellation of face-to-face routine antenatal appointments due to COVID-19 has generated interest from hospitals in the digital blood pressure monitoring apps developed for the BUMP, SNAP and OPTIMUM work. We are currently investigating the potential to develop this as an implementation trial.

Contact:

Professor Richard McManus, via his PA: lucy.curtin@phc.ox.ac.uk

Recent ARC OxTV news

Three out of four people with heart failure could be diagnosed sooner, potentially improving quality of life and reducing costs to the healthcare system

Researchers from the University of Oxford have today reported that only 1 in 4 people diagnosed with heart failure received a simple, recommended blood test that could have resulted in an earlier diagnosis at a more treatable stage.

Arm and shoulder disability and pain after breast cancer surgery reduced by exercise

The debilitating arm and shoulder disability and pain that some women who have had breast cancer surgery experience as a side effect of their surgery can be reduced by following a physiotherapy-led exercise programme after their operation, a new study has found.