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Examples of the use of GP data to improve lives in the pandemic and beyond:
Oxford University RECOVERY Trial - Data from General Practices was crucial in identifying which treatments, including dexamethasone, were most effective to improve the outcomes for COVID-19 patients. Dexamethasone treatment reduced deaths by one-third and by April 2021, the drug had saved 22,000 lives in the UK and one million more worldwide.
Development of the Shielded Patient List – Data from multiple sources was combined to rapidly identify those people most likely to be at high risk from COVID-19 to implement protection and shielding measures for those most vulnerable.
Vaccine prioritisation – Data from GPs was used to identify those most at risk from COVID-19 according to JCVI criteria and ensuring they were prioritised for vaccination.
Long COVID – Data from GPs was used to provide the evidence to support the urgent commissioning of appropriate new services to meet the needs of those left with long term symptoms as a result of coronavirus.
National Diabetic Retinopathy Screening – Data from GPs was used to identify individuals who need an urgent sight test, which can trigger urgent treatment to prevent blindness.
National Diabetes Audit - Data from GPs is used to support the identification and delivery of the best treatments through comparing outcomes and to identify gaps and improve services for diabetics.
Learning Disabilities Data – Data from GPs is used to identify disparities in care and outcomes for those individuals with learning disabilities and helping to improve services for them.
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