As COVID-19 is a new disease, the PHOSP-COVID study aims to identify whether there are longer-term health problems of COVID-19 for those who were admitted to hospital.
The study aims to understand:
- Why some people experience more severe COVID-19 than others
- Why some people recover more quickly than others
- Why some patients develop other health problems later on
- Which treatments or interventions patients received in hospital or afterwards were helpful
- How we can improve the care of patients after they have been discharged from hospital
Patients on the study will be assessed using techniques such as advanced imaging, data collection and analysis of blood and lung samples, creating a comprehensive picture of the impact COVID-19 has had on longer term health outcomes across the UK.
The PHOSP-COVID team will then develop trials of new strategies for clinical care, including personalised treatments for groups of patients based on the particular disease characteristics they show as a result of having COVID-19 to improve their long-term health.