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School closures may reduce COVID-19 transmission, but may harm children's education, health, and wellbeing, finds new study

Researchers at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford have conducted a systematic overview of reviews – considered the highest quality of evidence in research – to assess the impact of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on PANORAMIC and PRINCIPLE, three years into the COVID-19 Pandemic

Earlier this month—Saturday 11 March 2023—we marked the third anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the COVID-19 pandemic. This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned from the pandemic and renew efforts to strengthen health systems and ensure equitable access to vaccines and treatments.

International Long Covid Awareness Day: Launch examines patient perspectives on COVID-19

On Wednesday March 15th—the first International Long Covid Awareness Day—researchers from the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences launched an online discussion of four qualitative studies exploring patient experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pharmaceutical companies reduce own greenhouse gas emissions, but action on supply chains needed

Pharmaceutical companies are reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, but can only meet their targets with support from their suppliers, shows first study of commitments and progress by the sector.

Congratulations to our 2023 MSc EBHC prize winners for outstanding dissertations

Awards & appointments Research methods & EBM Students

We are delighted to congratulate three of our MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care students, Ho-ming Lee, Kasper Pihl and Skanda Rajasundaram, on receiving the 2023 EBHC Dissertation Prize for outstanding dissertations.

Research from the University of Oxford key in new all-party government report evaluating government commitments on the digitisation of the NHS.

Digital health & innovation Policy & health systems

The report, authored by a panel of independent experts, gave the government's progress an "inadequate" rating, raising questions about the Government's capacity to guarantee that the health and social care systems have the digital underpinnings they require to meet the challenges they face.

Inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake remain among people with blood cancers

Big data COVID-19 Cancer QResearch

People with blood cancers are among the most clinically vulnerable individuals to COVID-19 in the UK, and a new analysis of over 12 million patient health records has revealed inequalities in COVID-19 vaccine uptake among this group.

Clinician-patient communication about emergency aerial medical evacuation in case of infectious disease

COVID-19 Global perspective Patient experience Policy & health systems

New research from the University of Oxford, published today in the Journal of Travel Medicine, has developed a simple six-step check list clinicians can use to improve communication, decision making and planning about the possibility and practicalities of Aerial Medical Evacuation (AME).

Professor Chris Butler addresses the UN on PANORAMIC - BAPS UK & Europe collaboration

COVID-19 Clinical trials Public engagement & involvement

Recently, Professor Chris Butler addressed the United Nations regarding the PANORAMIC Trial and the assistance of BAPS UK & Europe.

Danish-UK research collaboration aims to develop effective obesity management programmes

Health behaviours

Leading researchers from Denmark and the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, will develop and test new obesity management programmes. The goal is to improve health and quality of life through solutions that can contribute to lasting changes, including long-term weight loss. The Novo Nordisk Foundation is backing the project with a grant of £21 million.

Doctors regularly give ineffective weight loss advice to patients with obesity, study reveals

A study published today in 'Family Practice', led by researchers at the University of Oxford, finds that when doctors tell patients living with obesity to lose weight, the guidance they give is generally vague, superficial, and commonly not supported by scientific evidence.

Latest Cochrane Review finds high certainty evidence that nicotine e-cigarettes are more effective than traditional nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) in helping people quit smoking

Diet, Data and Interventions Research methods & EBM

Research led by the University of Oxford, and funded by Cancer Research UK, has found the strongest evidence yet that e-cigarettes, also known as ‘vapes’, help people to quit smoking better than traditional nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches and chewing gums.

Study reveals association between diagnosis of a neuropsychiatric condition and severe outcome from COVID-19 infection, and other severe acute respiratory infections

COVID-19 Digital health & innovation Policy & health systems

New research from the University of Oxford has shown an increased risk of severe illness and death from both COVID-19 and other severe respiratory infections, such as influenza and pneumonia, among people with a pre-existing mental health condition.

World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2022: 'Education to protect tomorrow'

COVID-19 Research methods & EBM

World Diabetes Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on, and recognise, all the great research being done across the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), to review the evidence on COVID-19 and diabetes.

New tool could help GPs predict and prevent serious falls

Digital health & innovation

Researchers, led by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, have developed a new tool for doctors to identify patients at high risk of serious falls. The tool could have a big impact on the way older patients are managed in primary care, improving targeting of drug treatment and fall prevention strategies for high-risk individuals.

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