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COVID-19 research

A depiction of the COVID-19 virus

Responding to the pandemic, we are working on various projects linked to COVID-19 and healthcare.

Sujan, M. S. H., Tasnim, R., Islam, M. S., Ferdous, M. Z., Haghighathoseini, A., Koly, K. N., Pardhan, S., 2022. Financial hardship and mental health conditions in people with underlying health conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh. Heliyon, 8(9). doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e10499

Hossain, M. S., Islam, M. S., Pardhan, S., Banik, R., Ahmed, A., Islam, M. Z., Mahabub, M. S., Sikder, M. T., 2022. Beliefs, barriers and hesitancy towards the COVID-19 vaccine among Bangladeshi residents: Findings from a cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE, 17(8), e0269944. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0269944

Trott, M., Driscoll, R., Pardhan, S., 2022. The prevalence of sensory changes in post-COVID syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Medicine. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.980253

Trott, M., Driscoll, R., Iraldo, E., Pardhan, S., 2022. Changes and correlates of screen time in adults and children during the COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review and meta-analysis. eClinicalMedicine, 48, pp. 101452. doi: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2022.101452

Pardhan, S., Parkin, J., Trott, M., Driscoll, R., 2022. Risks of digital screen time and recommendations for mitigating adverse outcomes in children. Journal of School Health. doi: 10.1111/josh.13170

Gil-Salmerón, A., López-Sánchez, G. F., López-Bueno, R., Pardhan, S., Grabovac, I., Smith, L., 2022. Association between anxious and depressive symptomatology and sexual activity in Spain: A cross-sectional study during the COVID-19 quarantine. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(1). doi: 10.3390/ijerph19010147

Lindsay, R. K., Wilson, J. J., Trott, M., Olanrewaju, O., Tully, M. A., López-Sánchez, G. F., Shin, J. I., Pizzol, D., Allen, P., Butler, L. T., Barnett, Y., Smith, L., 2021. What are the recommendations for returning athletes who have experienced long term COVID-19 symptoms? Annals of Medicine, 53(1), pp. 1935-1944. doi: 10.1080/07853890.2021.1992496

Pardhan, S., Islam, M. S., López-Sánchez, G. F., Upadhyaya, T., Sapkota, R. P., 2021. Self-isolation negatively impacts self-management of diabetes during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome, 13(1), pp. 123. doi: 10.1186/s13098-021-00734-4

Vaughan, M., Trott, M., Sapkota, R., Premi, G., Roberts, J., Ubhi, J., Smith, L., Pardhan, S. 2021. Changes in 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels post-vitamin D supplementation in people of Black and Asian ethnicities and its implications during COVID-19 pandemic: A systematic review. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 1-11. doi: 10.1111/jhn.12949

Pizzol, D., Shin, J. I., Trott, M., Ilie, P., Ippoliti, S., Carrie, A. M., Ghayda, R. A., Lozano, J. M. O., Muyor, J. M., Butler, L., McDermott, D. T., Barnett, Y., Markovic, L., Grabovac, I., Koyanagi, A., Soysal, P., Tully, M. A., Veronese, N., Smith, L., 2021. Social environmental impact of COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction: an explorative review. Journal of Endocrinological Investigation. doi: 10.1007/s40618-021-01679-1

Siddique, A. B., Nath, S. D., Islam, M. S., Khan, T. H., Pardhan, S., Amin, M. Z., Amin, M. I., Shawon, Z. B. Z., Koly, K. N., 2021. Financial Difficulties Correlate With Mental Health Among Bangladeshi Residents Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Findings From a Cross-Sectional Survey. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, pp. 2212. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.755357

Haider, S., Smith, L., Markovic, L., Schuch, F. B., Sadarangani, K. P., Sanchez, G. F., Lopez-Bueno, R., Gil-Salmerón, A., Rieder, A., Tully, M. A., Tschiderer, L., Seekircher, L., Willeit, P., Grabovac, I., 2021. Associations between physical activity, sitting time, and time spent outdoors with mental health during the first COVID-19 lock down in Austria. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(17). doi: 10.3390/ijerph18179168

Banik, R., Islam, M. S., Pranta, M. U. R., Rahman, Q. M., Rahman, M., Pardhan, S., Driscoll, R., Hossain, S., Sikder, M. T., 2021. Understanding the determinants of COVID-19 vaccination intention and willingness to pay: findings from a population-based survey in Bangladesh. BMC Infectious Diseases, 21(1), p. 892. doi: 10.1186/s12879-021-06406-y

Pardhan, S., Vaughan, M., 2021. COVID-19 and its impact on eye care: a review. Optometry in Practice, 22(2).

Sujan, M. S. H., Tasnim, R., Islam, M. S., Ferdous, M. Z., Apu, M. A. R., Musfique, M. M., Pardhan, S. 2021. COVID-19-specific diabetes worries amongst diabetic patients: The role of social support and other co-variates. Primary Care Diabetes. doi: 10.1016/j.pcd.2021.06.009

Pardhan, S., Wood, S., Vaughan, M., Trott, M., 2021. The Risk of COVID-19 Related Hospitalsation, Intensive Care Unit Admission and Mortality in People With Underlying Asthma or COPD: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Frontiers in Medicine. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2021.668808

López-Bueno, R., López-Sánchez, G. F., Gil-Salmerón, A., Grabovac, I., Tully, M. A., Casaña, J., Smith, L., 2021. Covid-19 confinement and sexual activity in Spain: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(5), pp. 1-9. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18052559

Stockwell, S., Trott, M., Tully, M., Shin, J., Barnett, Y., Butler, L., McDermott, D., Schuch, F., Smith, L., 2021. Changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviours from before to during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown: A systematic review. BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine, 7(1). doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2020-000960

Islam, M. S., Ferdous, M. Z., Islam, U. S., Mosaddek, A. S. M., Potenza, M. N., Pardhan, S., 2021. Treatment, persistent symptoms, and depression in people infected with COVID-19 in Bangladesh. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), pp. 1-16. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041453

Jacob, L., Smith, L., Armstrong, N. C., Yakkundi, A., Barnett, Y., Butler, L., McDermott, D. T., Koyanagi, A., Shin, J. I., Meyer, J., Firth, J., Remes, O., López-Sánchez, G. F., Tully, M. A., 2021. Alcohol use and mental health during COVID-19 lockdown: A cross-sectional study in a sample of UK adults. Drug and alcohol dependence, 219. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2020.108488

Nagra, M., Konstantopoulos, A., Pardhan, S., 2021. Smartphone ophthalmoscopy: A potential way forward for non-ophthalmology medics in the COVID-19 era. BMJ Innovations, 7(1), pp. 237-239. doi: 10.1136/bmjinnov-2020-000472

Pardhan, S., Drydakis, N., 2021. Associating the Change in New COVID-19 Cases to GDP per Capita in 38 European Countries in the First Wave of the Pandemic. Frontiers in Public Health, 8. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.582140

Pardhan, S., Smith, L., Sapkota, R. P., 2021. Vitamin D Deficiency as an Important Biomarker for the Increased Risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in People From Black and Asian Ethnic Minority Groups. Frontiers in Public Health, 8. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.613462

Pujari, R., Chan, G., Tapply, I., Khan, M. A., Loh, B. L. C., Nanthagopan, G. et al. (Bourne). 2021. The impacts of COVID-19 on glaucoma patient outcomes as assessed by POEM. Eye. doi: 10.1038/s41433-021-01425-0

Trott, M., Johnstone, J., Pardhan, S., Barnett, Y., Smith, L., 2021. Changes in body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorder, and exercise addiction symptomology during the COVID-19 pandemic: A longitudinal study of 319 health club users. Psychiatry research, 298. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113831

Lawrenson, J. G., Buckley, R. J., 2020. COVID-19 and the eye. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 40(4), pp. 383-388. doi: 10.1111/opo.12708

Pardhan, S., Vaughan, M., Zhang, J., Smith, L., Chichger, H., 2020. Sore eyes as the most significant ocular symptom experienced by people with COVID-19: A comparison between pre-COVID-19 and during COVID-19 states. BMJ Open Ophthalmology, 5(1). doi: 10.1136/bmjophth-2020-000632

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