Rapid responses

Alongside our planned programme of work, we also provide rapid responses to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and arms-length bodies such as the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), the National Health Service England (NHSE) and the National Health Service Digital (NHSX).

Rapid responses can include fast pieces of work completed in several days to a few months delivered in the format of rapid evidence reviews, scoping work, evidence briefing notes and policy briefing papers.

The role of digital technologies in supporting people living with dementia

January 2022

To inform the forthcoming national Dementia Strategy and NHSX development the OPFPRU were asked to undertake a series of rapid responsive pieces specifically looking at digital technologies for those living with dementia and their carers. The following two reports were:

Digital technology to support people living with dementia and their carers – Executive Summary, Full Report (PDF):

  • What technologies are being used to support independence and safety among people living with dementia at home and in care homes?
  • What are the cost benefits and savings for provider organisations and the NHS of using the technology?
  • What are the barriers to scaling the technology?

Digital technologies to prevent falls in people living with dementia Executive Summary (PDF):

  • What is the evidence that digital technologies can reduce falls and fall risk for people living with dementia?

The effectiveness of PPE in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in health and social care settings

December 2021

A rapid review of the effectiveness of PPE in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in health and social care settings briefing paper submitted to the SAGE Social Care Working Group. This is now available on the SAGE website.

Women’s Health

November 2021

Working in collaboration with the PREPARE (Partnership for REsponsive Policy Analysis and Research) at the University of York and The Kings Fund to undertake a series of focus groups with women aged 65+ to understand their priorities for women’s health. This work was to support the development of the forthcoming women’s health strategy.

Supported Housing

June 2021

A rapid scoping exercise of the UK literature on supported housing. The scope focuses on work published in the last 10 years and contains the major pieces of evidence found.

Physical activity – life course trajectories and patterns of strength in the UK

December 2020-May 2021

An evidence review examining patterns of strength across the life course and to identify an optimum point at which to intervene to prevent decline, as well as identifying an appropriate measure that could be administered in any large scale surveys, epidemiological studies or interventions.

Identifying clinical frailty in younger groups

June 2020

A rapid evidence review in response to a specific request from NHS England for research into the identification of frailty in younger populations.

National Early Warning Scores and COVID-19 deaths in care homes: a longitudinal ecological study

June 2020

This study addressed the question: Can information routinely collected by some care homes contribute to surveillance of COVID-19 infections in care homes?

How effective is public health advice for healthy ageing and can it be updated based on any recent research?

October 2019

Summarising the current evidence about physical activity to promote healthy ageing.

What matters to people with multiple conditions (multimorbidities) and their carers?

June 2019-September 2019

A series of focus groups centring on issues specific or unique to the lived experience of older people living with multiple conditions, drawing on work conducted in 2017 to support the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) exercise on Multiple Conditions in Later Life.

Summarising existing evidence, including the type and frequency of exercise, needed to improve bone health and reduce/prevent falls

April 2019

A rapid evidence review for research into falls, strength and balance.

COVID-19 rapid responses

See details of our rapid responses relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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