What are the health implications of reduced access to care during the COVID 19 pandemic?


Lead Analyst

Paul Seamer

Produced for the Midlands Decision Support Network by the Strategy Unit

Planned completion date

October 2022
95% complete
Paul Seamer, Analytics Manager

Access to many forms of planned and unplanned healthcare reduced dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. The aims of this project are to investigate:

  1. The effect on health outcomes of changes in healthcare utilisation during the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. What actions are available to health systems to mitigate these effects

We will do this by:

  • Exploring how the overall activity changed, by looking at the trends in activity levels for key services, for example, A&E visits, planned admissions, emergency admissions and primary care consultations
  • In-depth analysis of unplanned emergency care to look for differences in current patterns of morbidity compared with pre-Covid
  • A focused analysis of the impact of reduced access to care for diabetes patients
  • Reviewing the implications for health care systems and identifying strategies and interventions to help health systems mitigate the negative effects

A detailed written report will be shared on our website.

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