Public Health

Public Patient Team Member: Evidence Synthesis on COVID Related Health Protective Behaviour (COHERE Project)

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input

What is CoHeRe?

COVID Health Related Behaviour Review project is a series of systematic reviews on determinants of behaviours recommended to reduce the spread of COVID.

Health-protective behaviours, like washing your hands, wearing a facemask and social distancing, can help to protect people from contracting or transmitting COVID and other similar serious respiratory infections. This project aims to help us understand more about the factors that influence these behaviours in the general public.

The overall goal of our project is to understand what determines people's positive health protective behaviours. This in turn will help others to develop better ways to support people to protect themselves and others from contracting or passing on COVID and other similar serious respiratory viral infections.

You can find out more about the project here:

What has already been done?

In summer 2020 we conducted a rapid review of published studies that looked at the things that influenced uptake of these protective behaviours during COVID or during previous outbreaks of similar serious respiratory infections, for example SARS, MERS and H1N1 (swine flu).

What is going to happen next?

Now we are going to conduct a series of full systematic reviews on the same topic. This will incorporate the large amount of research conducted in the context of COVID-19 since we last searched for studies in July 2020.

To begin with, we will publish an open access 'evidence and gap map' (EGM) that will contain information on all of the studies we have already found (in the rapid review). A two minute introduction to EGMs can be found here with more detail here. This will be open to anyone to use and allow other researchers, policy makers and those who fund research to see what evidence we already know about and where the gaps in our knowledge are.

The next step will be to conduct a series of systematic reviews. These new reviews, one for each behaviour of interest, will include new studies and any unpublished work that we didn't find in our rapid review. We will also add any new studies we find to the EGM as we identify them so that the Evidence and Gap map stays “live”.

The last part of our project will be to periodically update our searches to capture any new evidence as it emerges and integrate that into the reviews. This is called a 'living review' and the reviews will remain living for at least the life of the project (18 months). We will work on using technology to find ways to make this process as efficient as possible so that our reviews stay up to date and available to use – now and into the future.

How will consumers be involved?

If you agree to join us you will be asked to do three things;

1.       Attend at least three online meetings, and more if you can. We anticipate that the longer meetings will be in October 2021 (14th, 19th or 20th), February 2022 and August 2022. We will also invite you to join our brief team meetings every two to four weeks. This is so that consumers are engaged in the review process throughout and can offer insights to the team and help make decisions and have a real influence on the review process.

2.       Read and offer feedback on written project plans, proposed analyses and outputs in advance of these meetings. This will be light-touch and we will endeavor to make it as easy as possible to engage and offer feedback, via email and/or video calls.

3.       Advise us throughout the review process and support decision making as part of the review team – in as far as is desirable/possible for you to do so. We want any consumer to be part of the team and have a genuine interest in shaping the review and supporting the process from start to finish.

Who is suitable?

As this review is relevant to the general public anyone is a potential consumer of these reviews. We are looking for people that already have a good understanding of systematic reviews so that they can confidently engage with the project. The research team are, mostly, from a psychology background with expertise in health behaviour and evidence synthesis, so we would welcome consumers who can offer a different perspective. Lived experience of COVID, either personally or as a carer/family member is not required. We do think that people who are part of a clinically vulnerable group might be able to offer some unique insights from that perspective but this is not required.

More information:

You can read much more detail about the rapid review already completed and this new phase of the project at some of the links below.

OSF page: https://osf.io/hv5s3/  - includes the full rapid review and a brief summary of findings.

UKRI abstract page: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FW002507%2F1#/tabOverview UKRI PIs page: https://gtr.ukri.org/person/BCF8DF01-BB79-4BE4-9F5C-246257C39002/

Martin Dempster’s blog on behaviour and covid: https://www.qub.ac.uk/coronavirus/analysis-commentary/importance-of-behavioural-responses-when-implementing-a-lockdown/

Rapid Review UKRI page: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FV005197%2F1

 

other page info for Rapid Review: https://europepmc.org/grantfinder/grantdetails?query=pi%3A%22Dempster%2BM%22%2Bgid%3A%22P01242%22%2Bga%3A%22UK%20Research%20and%20Innovation%22

Ideal applicant

We are seeking motivated and curious members of the public to work with the review team throughout our ambitious evidence synthesis projects. The ideal person will have a good knowledge of systematic reviews and evidence synthesis but not necessarily an expert. Someone with experience of decision-making in public health or advocacy for specific patient groups would be particularly welcome. We want someone who can challenge us to make our work relevant and useful now and into the future. All the work will be remote, so you will need access to the internet to join online meetings and respond to documents sent by email. Who is suitable? As this review is relevant to the general public anyone is a potential consumer of these reviews. We are looking for people that already have a good understanding of systematic reviews so that they can confidently engage with the project. The research team are, mostly, from a psychology background with expertise in health behaviour and evidence synthesis, so we would welcome consumers who can offer a different perspective. Lived experience of COVID, either personally or as a carer/family member is not required. We do think that people who are part of a clinically vulnerable group might be able to offer some unique insights from that perspective but this is not required.

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