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“The COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp focus how limited our health and care resources are” - Dr Berni Sewell

Personalised rehabilitation programmes for patients with long Covid are being developed as part of £1.1million UK Government research funding.

People with long Covid experience a wide variety of ongoing problems such as tiredness and difficulty with everyday tasks, meaning they can struggle to return to their former lives. This can then be made worse by uncertainty and a lack of understanding around the diagnosis.

There are currently no real treatment options, so developing effective interventions to help people cope and overcome their condition is crucial for this growing, yet under-served, patient group.

The project, known as LISTEN, has been funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).  It brings together expertise from St George’s, University of London and Kingston University,  Cardiff University and Swansea University and involves the design and evaluation of a self-management intervention for people suffering with long Covid.

Proposals for these new ways to support people with long Covid include a book, digital resources and a new training package for health professionals. Project researchers will not only be analysing how clinically effective the intervention is, but also how cost-effective.

Dr Berni Sewell, Senior Lecturer at the Swansea Centre for Health Economics at the University’s School of Health and Social Care explains:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp focus how limited our health and care resources are. It is our responsibility to ensure every new intervention is not only effective but also cost-effective.

Being involved as health economists in the LISTEN study is an amazing opportunity to support the development of an intervention that improves outcomes and experiences for this fast-growing patient group, whilst also ensuring we sustain our health service and quality of care for the future.”

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