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Controlling the spread of COVID-19 in care homes: health and social care partnerships Lanarkshire

Project statusOngoing
Contact Le Khanh Ngan Nguyen
Institution web pagehttps://pureportal.strath.ac.uk/en/persons/le-khanh-ngan-nguyen/publications/
Host institution University of Strathclyde
Team members Strathclyde University: Le Khanh Ngan Nguyen, Dr Itamar Megiddo, Professor Susan Howick, Gillian Hopkins Anderson, Dr Robert Van Der Meer HSCP Lanarkshire: Dennis McLafferty Public Health Medicine - NHS Lanarkshire: Dr. Sahaya Josephine Pravinkumar
Funding information (if funded) SRSS - University REA and DHSC
Project Summary

Background

Scottish care homes are vulnerable to the widespread transmission of COVID-19 and poor outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately high fatality rates among older adults, particularly those with comorbidities.

Care homes provide health and care services for approximately 40,000 residents, of which the majority are elders with complex medical and care needs.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the care homes within Lanarkshire, similar to other local authorities. While there is a plethora of research focusing on the spread of COVID-19 in the general population, research on the unique transmission dynamics and interventions for COVID-19 in care homes is negligible.

Infection control interventions in care homes need to be both effective in containing the spread of COVID-19 and also feasible to implement in this setting which has a dual nature: a healthcare institution and a home.

Research Aims

This research aim to:

  • evaluate the effectiveness of a range of interventions strategies in controlling COVID-19 in care homes
  • investigate the impact of staff sharing between care homes in Lanarkshire on the inter-facility transmission of COVID-19
  • answer emerging questions for care home stakeholders from Lanarkshire
Outputs / Expected Outputs

Analysis 1: An evaluation of interventions implemented in care homes early on and an evaluation of additional interventions on top of these, including testing of staff and testing of residents – Evaluating intervention strategies in controlling coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread in care homes: An agent-based model – PubMed (nih.gov)

Analysis 2: An evaluation of visiting policy in care homes as well as cohorting of staff and residents within care home – paper under review

Analysis 3: Impacts of various vaccination coverages on the spread of Covid-19 and deaths in care homes, report available here.

Project website https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/managementscience/healthsystems/controllingthespreadofcovid-19incarehomes/
Supporting File 1 Report-3_Care-homes_Vaccination_Strathclyde.pdf

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Controlling the spread of COVID-19 in care homes: health and social care partnerships Lanarkshire