Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an acute respiratory illness, caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) . The virus and disease, which emerged in late 2019, spread rapidly worldwide and was classified a pandemic in March 2020 by WHO .
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the mental and physical health of patients , especially in the elderly, where disease presentation can be especially severe and result in life-threatening outcomes. However, follow up data on post-acute COVID-19 patients, and subsequent effects on their overall quality of life (QoL) is wanting , due to sparse information and the lack of standardised tools that can accurately assess post-acute COVID-19 QoL.
We at Medialis Ltd are bridging this gap in evidence by conducting a first of its kind study, the Design of a post-acute COVID-19 patients QoL measure (PAC–19 QoL) based on patient preference.
This observational study will recruit participants who had a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and were not hospitalised, who were hospitalised but not in intensive care units and patients who were hospitalised and in intensive care units. Using the novel Jandhyala Method , participants will generate a consensus on which areas of their life are most important for their QoL and, of these, have been most impacted by COVID-19. Their answers will allow us to develop a tool (in the form of a questionnaire) tailored by the participants themselves, able to measure the overall quality of life in post–acute COVID-19 patients – the PAC–19 QoL.
In a second phase of the study, we will call for further additional participants to be enrolled and collect data on their quality of life for 12 months, employing the PAC–19 QoL developed in the first phase. Our research team will analyse the changes over time, within and between groups, and evaluate the performance of the PAC–19 QoL in its ability to characterise the participants quality of life.
The development of this tool is paramount in how we extend the right kind of care to COVID-19 patients and tackle the terrible impact the pandemic is exerting in our communities. This much has been recognised in the fast–tracking and favourable opinion this study got from the South – West Central Bristol Research Ethics Committee.
However, we cannot do this all by ourselves. We do require your help. If you or anyone you know has had COVID-19 and would like to contribute to this study, then please contact us and share this recruitment link on your social media.