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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

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.