COVID-19: GeMRC CovidCollab data collection project

Birmingham Surgical Trials Consortium (BiSTC)
Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative (GeMRC)
NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands
Date Published:
27 March 2020
Last updated: 
27 March 2020

Information on how to become involved in this panspecialty international project to determine point of care predictors in COVID-19 from routinely collected data, co-ordinated by the Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative (GeMRC), NIHR Clinical Research Network West Midlands and Birmingham Surgical Trials Consortium (BiSTC).

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #CovidCollaborative

The CovidCollab project aims to use routinely collected data to improve knowledge of hospitalised patients with COVID-19. It will be collecting data that is not being collected elsewhere, but that is vitally relevant to the care of all patients.

This data can be collected alongside data collected by ISARIC, CovidSurg, and any other local projects – and work is underway to ensure that all databases are linked.

CovidCollab is open to all sites in all countries. If your site has already signed up for CovidSurg, please consider also signing up for CovidCollab if approvals are in place.

There are three documents which can be downloaded from this page:

  1. Main study protocol - (please read this carefully)
  2. Data collection templates - these are to remain on site only and must not leave your hospital either physically or electronically.
  3. A draft local site protocol - this has been sent as a word document so that you can amend this to fit your local needs. It is suggested that you amend this as per your local site and distribute to all clinical staff within your site.

All data upload will be via REDCap and only anonymised data will be collected. In most sites, it should be possible to obtain local approvals for this study as a service evaluation on site. Each site will be required to obtain the necessary approvals themselves. Please discuss with your local information governance team if there are any uncertainties. In view of the nature of the study and pandemic, we would request that this approval process is requested urgently and expedited locally.

To sign up to participate in this study, please click here.

This project is only collecting anonymised data, however there is the potential that it may be able to link in with other studies that are collecting biological specimens (e.g. sputum and/or swabs alongside routine tests), so that data collection at site can be linked. If this is something that you feel your site may be able to assist with, or if you'd just like to know a bit more, please declare this on the sign-up sheet.

Although this information is being disseminated through the Geriatric Medicine Research Collaborative (GeMRC), it is intended for this project to be as collaborative as possible - both internationally and in terms of panspecialty involvement. Any level of involvement or support that you are your colleagues are able to offer is of value.

Please do covidcollab2020 [at] gmail [dot] com (contact the organising group) if you have any ideas about how to make this project as effective as it can be.

Please share with anyone you know who may be interested to be involved - departmentally/ locally/ regionally/nationally in your country, in your own or any other hospital adult specialty.

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