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Project #121:

  • Type: Research
  • Topic areas: Post-COVID health impacts [e.g. long COVID], Other/indirect impacts of COVID on health/healthcare

An increased risk of Covid-19 infection and subsequent admission to hospital with COVID has been seen in groups already carrying a burden of biological, psychological and social risk factors (e.g. poverty, poor housing and unemployment) associated with poor mental and physical health outcomes. Many patients with COVID have required treatment on Intensive Care Units. There is a substantial literature on the emergence of psychiatric illness after discharge from ICU. We know that many patients who have had Covid-19 develop a psychiatric disorder, although the reasons for this are unclear. Our study aims to help understand better how poor mental health after admission to hospital with Covid-19 is related to patients’ experiences in hospital (e.g admission to ICU), and how much is explained by difficulties experienced by patients before they became ill. We will use data collected about patients’ hospital admissions, information they provide in a questionnaire about life before Covid, and some information from their GP records about overall health and functioning.