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Project #93:
Lockdowns and vulnerable groups

  • Type: Research
  • Topic areas: Other/indirect impacts of COVID on health/healthcare

The Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns in England had a dramatic effect on the way people use health services. These effects may have been more pronounced for vulnerable groups, such as people exposed to domestic violence, people with mental health or addiction problems, or children with safeguarding concerns. We aim to analyse the frequency of GP visits over the period before, during and after the lockdowns to see how health care access changed for vulnerable groups and how that compares to the rest of the population. This will help us understand who experienced barriers to GP health care through the pandemic, if those barriers persisted after the lockdowns and how we can improve them.