COVID-19 research resources and relevant methodological approaches
Research Design Service North West has worked with RDS colleagues across the country to collate appropriate/relevant methodological approaches for research studies being designed or delivered during the COVID-19, or any pandemic.
|A ‘meta-COS’ for COVID-19 hospitalised patients, and other COS for post-discharge from critical care|
NIHR refers to this (‘If you are planning a clinical trial, it is critically important to include the relevant core outcome sets for COVID-19 as indicated on the COMET website.’) in its call:
|A hub with some useful COVID resources|
A hub with some useful COVID resources.
|A useful COVID resource for Social Care|
A useful COVID resource for Social Care
|A useful COVID resource from LSE|
A useful COVID resource from LSE.
|COVID-19 – Impact on Research Funding – Imperial|
COVID-19 – Impact on Research Funding
|COVID-19 – Impact on Research Funding – UCL|
COVID-19 – Impact on Research Funding
|DHSC has issued guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR|
DHSC has issued guidance on the impact of COVID-19 on research funded or supported by NIHR.
|Diary methods: Practical issues with diary techniques – Design and analysis|
Bartlett, Ruth, and Christine Milligan. "Practical issues with diary techniques: Design and analysis." What is Diary Method?. : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 29–50. Bloomsbury Collections. Web. 19 Mar. 2020.
|Find evidence on interventions for COVID-19|
COVID-evidence is a continuously updated database of the worldwide available evidence on interventions for COVID-19.
|Guidance and resources – researching during a pandemic|
DOING FIELDWORK IN A PANDEMIC
Isolation measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 means that social researchers who have for doing fieldwork in a pandemic - specifically, ideas for avoiding in-person interactions by using mediated forms that will achieve similar ends.
Social research has been conducted online for many years, of course. There are many examples of using online survey tools or doing content analyses or ethnographies using existing online interactions as research materials. Interviews have been conducted by phone or Skype for a long time. This document was initially directed at ways for how to turn fieldwork that was initially planned as using face-to-face methods into a more ‘hands-off’ mode. However, people have added useful material about ‘born digital’ research (content already generated on the internet by online interactions), which provides an alternative source of social research materials if researchers decide to go down that path.
Lupton, D. (editor) (2020) Doing fieldwork in a pandemic (crowd-sourced document)
|Guidance for planning virtual public and patient involvement activities|
Following the social distancing measures introduced by the UK Governmental bodies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic the use virtual platforms, for example Zoom and Microsoft teams, to deliver patient and public involvement activities has increased.
In light of this trend, the Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team has developed the this guidance to assist those planning virtual platform-based PPI activities.
|Guidance under development for clinical staff to help them to better understand platform/ multi-arm multi-stage (MAMS) trials|
It draws on the consensus statement for cancer trials.
|Important update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic relating to research projects – Lancaster University|
Important update in light of the COVID-19 pandemic relating to research projects.
|Lancet Covid-19 Resource Centre|
Lancet Covid-19 Resource Centre
|Public Involvement (PI) information – INVOLVE|
INVOLVE have been incorporated into NIHR Evidence
|Public Involvement (PI) information – NIHR School for Primary Care Research PI tips|
NIHR School for Primary Care Research PI tips
|Public Involvement (PI) information – NIHR statement|
NIHR has also made a statement and commitment to PI during the pandemic
|Public Involvement (PI) information – RDS South Centrals tips for virtual PI|
RDS South Centrals tips for virtual PI
|Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19|
Resources to support community and institutional Long-Term Care responses to COVID-19
|The infographic on multi-arm studies – mainly intended for clinicians but useful to others too|
From NIHR Learn:
As you know, many COVID-19 research studies are using the latest innovations in study design to ensure we maximise the knowledge generated in a robust and rapid manner.
We are pleased to share with you a simple, downloadable infographic that highlights the key differences
We have also included links to the study teams websites for the three Platform Studies within the current NIHR portfolio of COVID-19 research studies within NIHR Learn.