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Policy Research Programme COVID-19 research



The following projects have been funded through the Policy Research Programme's rapid COVID-19 funding process, or are supported from existing funding to Policy Research Units where projects have been adapted to address COVID-19. This research funding is part of NIHR and the Department of Health and Social Care's wider response to funding COVID-19 research.

 Project titleUnit 
Post-ICU Support for Survivors of Covid-19 Call-off Analytical Facility (PREPARE)
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on services from pregnancy through age 5 years for families who are high risk or have complex social needs  Children and Families PRU (CPRU)
Are people with multiple long-term conditions at greater risk of poorer outcomes as a result of contracting Covid19? NIHR ARC-EM
Covid-19 Step-Down from Emergency Measures - learning from past experience  Call-off Analytical Facility (PREPARE)
A rapid review of reviews identifying effective remote befriending and social support interventions, how they work, and their training components/content Older people and Frailty PRU (OPFPRU)/ Reviews Facility (London-York)/ University of York
Impact on mental health service users of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways of mitigating it: a mixed methods investigation Mental Health PRU (MH PRU)
A mixed methods investigation of impact on mental health services of the COVID-19 impact and experiences of ways of mitigating it Mental Health PRU (MH PRU)
Delivery of strength and balance exercises for falls prevention amongst older people using digital technologies to replace face to face contact during COVID-19 home isolation Older People and Frailty PRU (OPFPRU)
IDEAL COVID-19 Dementia Initiative  Older People and Frailty PRU (OPFPRU), PenARCARC-GM
Geographical variation in COVID-19 mortality and its relationship to social care provision in England Adult Social Care PRU (ASCRU /Quality, Safety and Outcomes PRU (QSO - PRU)
Maintaining an up-to-date evidence map (EPPI / London-York) Reviews Facility (London-York)
Scoping research requirements for recovery and learning from COVID-19 – system impacts and behaviour change Several PRUs/ Call-off Analytical Facility (PREPARE) and Reviews Facility (London-York)
Presenting present covid-19 test results to the public: Communicating uncertainty and optimising compliance to guidance self-isolation measures Behavioural Science PRU (BSci PRU)
What are the implications of COVID-19 for public health and obesity prevention policy? Insights from people's lived experience of food and food environments Obesity PRU
Estimating delayed cancer diagnosis and impact on the NHS in England per week following lock-down due to COVID-19 Cancer PRU
Investigating the impact of changes in the NHS in response to the COVID-19 crisis on cancer diagnosis in the South West of England Cancer PRU
BPSU study of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related neonatal unit admissions Maternal and Neonatal Health PRU
The feasibility and acceptability of different methods for collecting national maternity survey data - adapted to include COVID-19 data Maternal and Neonatal Health PRU