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Resources from around the world on COVID-19

We have collated resources from around the world in order to help provide the most up to date information to the healthcare community. Below you will find links to webinars, articles, research papers, recordings, podcasts, and other research portals. These resources will be updated regularly.

Ending the Lockdown

 

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14 July 2020

The Academy of Medical Sciences

July and August must be a period of intense preparation for our reasonable worst-case scenario for health in the winter that we set out in this report, including a resurgence of COVID-19, which might be greater than that seen in the spring. The assumptions that we have made should be tested as new evidence emerges (including analysis of the evidence from the first wave) to enable prevention and mitigation strategies to be adapted and refined. Mitigation strategies should not pose further disadvantage to the most vulnerable in society or the highest risk patients or communities. 

Preparing for a Challenging Winter 2020/21

12 May 2020

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers  (CIBSE)

As businesses start to consider bringing staff back into work premises, a number of issues need to be considered for the safety of everyone entering the building.

This brief document is intended to give business owners and managers an outline of the main areas that need to be considered concerning both safe working practices and the assessment of building services.

Emerging from Lockdown: Safely Reoccupying Buildings

12 May 2020

Independent SAGE

COVID-19: what are the options for the UK?

On 4 May 2020 a 13-strong committee convened by former UK government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir David King discussed some aspects of the science behind the UK strategy in a two and a half hour meeting. Leading experts in public health, epidemiology, primary care, virology, mathematical modelling, and social and health policy, raised ideas and issues for consideration which we are pleased to share.

We recognise the enormous efforts of many in the development of new vaccines and therapies, which may be critical to long term control of this pandemic. Our report does not aim to critique such work. Rather, we recognise that such solutions will take time and will still require an appropriate public health infrastructure to maximise their benefit. This is the focus of our first report and the meeting aimed to offer some constructive ideas to the governments of the UK and the devolved nations about how best to tackle this crisis, to save lives, suppress the coronavirus and get the economy moving again.

Recommendations for government based on an open and transparent examination of the scientific evidence

11 May 2020 JAMA Network

COVID-19 and Postinfection Immunity

Limited Evidence, Many Remaining Questions

11 May 2020

The Beryl Institute

There will not be a “new normal” but rather a New Existence for healthcare and human experience

24 April 2020

European Union

How to ensure the health and safety of workers when they come back to the workplace? This important question is on the minds of many employers as EU countries plan or execute a progressive return to work after coronavirus. In response, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has issued today guidance on coming back to work.

Coronavirus: EU guidance for a safe return to the workplace

22 April 2020

Financial Times

The discussion about exit strategies has largely focused on two capabilities that will be needed to prevent new outbreaks of infections once people go back to work — extensive testing to spot new infections and smartphone apps that can provide a record of an infected person’s recent locations.

Wanted: A civilian army of contact tracers to end the lockdown

21 April 2020

The Rockerfeller Foundation

With the first wave of infections from the Covid-19 pandemic cresting in much of the country, American political and business leaders rightly are considering plans to reopen the economy. This Action Plan is intended to serve as a resource guide for that all-important project

National Covid-19 Testing Action Plan Pragmatic steps to reopen our workplaces and our communities

20 April 2020

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

A sustainable exit strategy: Managing uncertainty, minimising harm

20 April 2020 The Lancet Universal weekly testing as the UK COVID-19 lockdown exit strategy

16 April 2020

OECD

With lockdown measures in place around the world to fight the coronavirus and relieve stretched health systems, some countries are now considering deconfinement scenarios to enable people to go back to school and work. “Test, track and trace” strategies have shown promising results and may prove vital for suppressing the disease, though they raise concerns about privacy and data protection.

Tracking and tracing COVID:Protecting privacy and data while using apps and biometrics

Testing for COVID-19: A way to lift confinement restrictions

14 April 2020 Ferrari

Lo scopo del presente documento, elaborato con il supporto di virologi ed esperti, è definire chi fa che cosa e quando, al fine di limitare al minimo il rischio ubiquitario prodotto dal COVID 19 presente in diverse aree del mondo.

LINEE GUIDA COMPORTAMENTI IN AZIENDA COVID-19

Video: Ferrari Production in Italy Restarts Under COVID-19 Guidelines

14 April 2020

Centre for European Reform

HOW THE EU SHOULD CO-ORDINATE AN END TO THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Confcultura-Fondazione Italia in Salute

COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines for places of cultural interest

Public Health Foundation of India

Post Lockdown Lifting: Resumption of Hospital Services

 

 

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Covid-19 Shewhart charts

The Shewhart charts below were motivated by the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19) pandemic. They aim to visualize and learn from variation in reported deaths and help countries with decision making. The 4 Epoch framework provides a method to classify a country’s status in the epidemic curve. The charts are updated daily from the Our World in Data site and the New York Times Github site. The reported deaths are adjusted to account for day-of-the-week variation in reporting. For details on the chart development please read this article. To watch an early presentation on the methodology see here. Charts have been prepared by Gareth Parry, Rocco Perla, Kevin Little, Shannon Provost and Lloyd Provost.

 

To read and interrupt the charts: At any one time the chart will show a phase with:

CL (Center Line) – the average of the reported deaths in the phase

UL (Upper Limit) – the upper bound on expected deaths in the phase

LL (Lower Limit) – the lower bound on expected deaths in the phase (may not exist if CL is close to zero)

Blue dot – showing each day’s adjusted reported deaths

Red dot – signal of special cause indicating the beginning of a new phase on the chart

ISQua's Collaborations During COVID-19

BOSTON, Massachusetts, October, 12, 2020: The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) announced the release of their COVID-19 Standard Set (C19-SS) today.

In order to help institutions worldwide provide the best care for patients with COVID-19, health professionals, patient advisors, and recognized leaders from across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia have joined forces to establish and launch a global set of outcomes and measurement recommendations that reflect what matters most to patients with COVID-19. This collaboration is facilitated by ICHOM and conducted pro bono publico to assist in aiding the global healthcare community fight the global pandemic. Owing to the pressing need for this kind of work, this set wasconvened and created within an expedited timeline in order to begin the tracking of outcomes for COVID-19 patients.

 

From its inception, ICHOM has made standard sets open source. Now that this recommendation is finalized, the real work can begin to track the outcomes that matter most to patients with COVID-19 and use the data to inform quality improvement across services worldwide. This is particularly important as we enter the second wave of the pandemic, with infection rates far above those expected. It will be invaluable to learn from implementation pilots that may emerge across the globe and inform future iterations of this global set of standards.

 

The Chair of the Working Group, Kees Brinkman, MD, PhD, OLVG Hospital (Santeon) says, “Looking back on the trajectory, I was impressed by the fast and efficient way an international working group, that did not know each other, was able to construct a broad and meaningful set of parameters for a rapidly spreading new viral illness. With excellent support from the ICHOM team, we hope this outcome set will represent the most important end results of care, that are important for patients with COVID-19 and that can be influenced by improvements in the care process. Since this is a new disease, it is important to evaluate the outcomes among clinical settings all over the world, to recognize the best practices available.”

 

The COVID-19 Working Group

The C19-SS was developed by the ICHOM COVID-19 Working Group, comprised of 28 international experts and patient representatives, from 24 organizations across 14 countries. It was led by a project team consisting of Kees Brinkman of OLVG Amsterdam, Working Group Chair; William Seligman of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Research Fellow; Luz Fialho, Project Director; Nick Sillett, Project Manager and Christina Nielsen, Research Associate. A full list of organizations and representatives involved in the ICHOM COVID-19 Working Group is available here.

 

Patient Advisor and C19 Working Group Member Phil Collis, National Institute for Health Research, United Kingdom shares: "As a COVID patient, I think it important that patient perspective has been included in the development of the standards. Participating in the workgroups has been a very positive experience, offering the opportunity to have some influence in the process, of what is important to patients in achieving 'best recovery and outcomes' in contributing to the challenges that the COVID virus presents to us".

 

The COVID-19 Standard Set

The C19-SS is a minimum core set of standards, comprised of Patient and Clinician - Reported Outcome Measures recommended to be collected across primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings. This recommendation has been designed to track the recovery of patients suffering from COVID-19 over a three-month period following their admission. To account for patients who are yet to fully recover during this initial period, the set can be extended for a further three months at the discretion of the physician. The set measures 13 outcomes under the biopsychosocial framework for comprehensive outcomes measurement. These overarching domains are Social Functioning, Mental Functioning, Functional Status and Quality of Life, Symptoms, and Clinical Outcomes.

To help ensure the Standard Set is relevant across contexts, the Working Group also recommended a series of 8 case-mix, risk adjustment factors, to be collected along with the outcomes measured. These cover demographic, clinical and treatment-related factors to ensure that patient populations can becompared between settings.

With the chosen measures available in several languages, the standard set is slated to have increased adoption across countries.

An open-source Reference Guide has also been created, outlining recommendations for administering the set, time points, and a data dictionary for organizations to begin implementation.

 

Standard Set Patient Feedback:

Prior to convening the Working Group, COVID-19 patients from around the world were contacted with a survey made available in English, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish. This was to ensure the set remained patient-centered and to gather feedback on the outcomes that COVID-19 patients felt were most important to them. The respondents were asked to rate the importance of a series of outcomes and, if they felt the list wasn’t complete, were given the opportunity to suggest any others they felt were missing. The outcomes presented to, and those subsequently suggested by, the patient group provided the basis for the initial discussions with the Working Group on which should be tracked as part of the set.The standard set was therefore developed coupling the latest scientific knowledge from healthcare professionals and personal input from patients, ensuring the outcomes that matter most to them were placed as the central focus. This will provide a comprehensive, quantifiable view of a patient’s health which will allow institutions across the world to accurately assess and deliver the best care possible to those affected by COVID-19.

For more information on the C19-SS, the standard set flyer can be downloaded here and the referenceguide here.

 

More Information on The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement:

ICHOM’s mission is to unlock the potential of value-based health care by defining global standard sets of outcome measures that matter most to patients and driving adoption and reporting of these measures worldwide to create better value for all stakeholders. ICHOM was founded in 2012 by Professor Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School, the Boston Consulting Group, and Karolinska Institute.

Visit www.ichom.org for more details.

Name of press contact: Sarah Gray Email: s.gray@ichom.org

Patient Safety Learning: the hub - A wealth of resources available

Patient Safety Learning is a charity and independent voice for improving patient safety. 

The drive to create Patient Safety Learning was born from the frustration of seeing the same themes emerge time and time again in healthcare systems around the world.

Despite an increase in patient safety improvement projects in local organisations, there is a lack of a systematic approach to sharing knowledge and information about what patient safety initiatives and solutions work.

the hub is PSL's shared learning platform for patient safety, developed after identifying shared learning as one of the six evidence-based foundations of safer care.

the hub has been designed with input from patient safety professionals, clinicians and patients. It offers a powerful combination of tools, resources, stories, ideas, case studies and good practice to anyone who wants to make care safer for patients. Its communities of interest give people a moderated place to discuss patient safety issues or concerns. It provides a place where people with a shared interest in patient safety come together to build on improvements and adapt solutions for use in local settings.

the hub is free of charge for use by everyone: clinicians, patients, managers, policy makers, regulators, researchers and members of the public.

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Patient Safety Recommendations for COVID-19 Epidemic Outbreak - Now available as Individual Cards in English, Portuguese, and Spanish!

New Cloud Platform available!

Health Standards Organization (HSO) and Accreditation Canada (AC) have launched a new cloud platform called OnboardQi to support health and social service organizations in the delivery of care during the COVID-19 pandemic. OnboardQi provides no-fee access to actionable, evidence-based COVID-19 checklists and resources, developed in partnership with Think Research.

OnboardQi offers evidence-based support on infection prevention and control for long-term care, virtual care, Indigenous health and wellness, as well as acute respiratory infection hospital readiness and isolation checklists. Anyone with an internet connection can start assessing and improving based on these actionable COVID-19 checklists.  

Through OnboardQi’s versatile and customizable platform and checklists, care providers can foster collaboration and conduct self-assessments on integral aspects of care for COVID-19, allowing for greater engagement among and between care providers. 

Video demonstration: https://vimeo.com/436183812

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Featured COVID-19 Resources

The Digital Aid Project (DAP) Toolset

8 May 2020

The DAP Toolset

The DAP Toolset provides information to all at-risk organisations so they can continue to provide qualitative and resilient care for those in need while avoiding patient distress and employee burnout through tailored, validated recommendations and bold, digital health solutions during and beyond the pandemic.

 

It’s time to #LeaveNoOneBehind! For more information contact us at info@thedigitalaidproject.com

COVID-19 PLAYBOOK - April 2020

17 April 2020

Vital Strategies

The playbook is meant to be a useful resource to help country, subnational and city governments decision-makers manage and adapt their public health response to COVID-19. The Adaptive Response approach provides a framework for dynamically adapting the essential activities of the response as the epidemic progresses along the epidemic curve. The Adaptive Response graphic visualizes the epidemic curve, response phases and essential activities.

WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response plan

14 April 2020

This strategic preparedness and response plan outlines the public health measures that the international community stands ready to provide to support all countries to prepare for and respond to COVID-19

Strategic preparedness and response plan for the new coronavirus

WHO Daily Situation Report

Daily Situation Reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO)

WHO Situation Reports

Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment

29 March 2020

Alibaba’s Jack Ma Foundation interviewed many first-line clinicians involved in the treatment of COVID-19. From this they have produced a manual on the care of hospitals, doctors and nurses. 

Handbook - Chinese version

Handbook - English version

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