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
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:
- 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
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.
- The effectiveness of PPE in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in health and social care settings: December 2021 update summary (PDF, 1 page)
- The effectiveness of PPE in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in health and social care settings: December 2021 update (PDF, 9 pages)
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.
- Women’s priorities for women’s health: a focus group study (December 2021) (PDF)
- Women’s Health Strategy Older People (65+) Focus Groups: summary of findings (November 2021) (PDF)
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.
- Rapid scope of UK supported housing research: briefing report (June 2021) (PDF)
- Preliminary analysis of older people who live in different types of supported housing in England: briefing report (June 2021) (PDF)
- Analysis of older people who live in supported housing: briefing report (June 2021) (PDF)
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
A rapid evidence review in response to a specific request from NHS England for research into the identification of frailty in younger populations.
- Measuring frailty in younger populations: a rapid review of evidence (BMJ, March 2021) (PDF)
National Early Warning Scores and COVID-19 deaths in care homes: a longitudinal ecological study
This study addressed the question: Can information routinely collected by some care homes contribute to surveillance of COVID-19 infections in care homes?
- National Early Warning Scores and COVID-19 deaths in care homes: a longitudinal ecological study – Executive Summary (PDF)
- National Early Warning Scores and COVID-19 deaths in care homes: an ecological time-series study (BMJ, September 2021) (PDF)
How effective is public health advice for healthy ageing and can it be updated based on any recent research?
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.
- Full report (September 2019) (PDF)
Summarising existing evidence, including the type and frequency of exercise, needed to improve bone health and reduce/prevent falls
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.