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UK-REACH: United Kingdom Research Study into Ethnicity and COVID-19 Outcomes in Healthcare Workers

UK-REACH is an interdisciplinary, multi-centre study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which aims to investigate if, how, and why ethnicity affects COVID-19 outcomes in healthcare workers. The study comprises various different work packages investigating this question through varying disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. 

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The project is led by Dr Manish Pareek, Associate Clinical Professor in Infectious Diseases at the University of Leicester and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, and will will work with more than 30,000 clinical and non-clinical members of staff to assess their risk of COVID-19, based on the analysis of two million healthcare records.

Working on this project within University of Edinburgh are Dr Edward Dove (Co-Investigator) and Ms Ruby Reed-Berendt (Research Associate). Their research comprises Work Package 3 of the project, the research strand investigating the ethical and legal issues associated with the linkage of healthcare workers’ registration, employment and health data, in the context of COVID-19 and ethnicity.

This study is supported by a grant (MR/V027549/1) to the University of Leicester from the Medical Research Council (MRC)-UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) rapid response panel to tackle COVID-19, and by core funding provided by NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. This work is carried out with the support of BREATHE – The Health Data Research Hub for Respiratory Health [MC_PC_19004] funded through the UK Research and Innovation Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and delivered through Health Data Research UK.

Visit the UK-REACH website for more information about the project, news, events and outputs.