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How best do we engage the general population in testing for COVID-19?

How best do we engage the general population in testing for COVID-19?
How best do we engage the general population in testing for COVID-19?
The UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) emphasises the need for high levels of engagement with communities and individuals to ensure the effectiveness of any COVID-19 testing programme. A novel pilot health surveillance programme to assess the feasibility of weekly mass RT-LAMP testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus using saliva samples collected at home was developed and piloted by the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council. Rapid qualitative evaluation was conducted to explore experiences of those who took part in the programme, of those who declined and of those in the educational and healthcare organisations involved in the pilot testing who were responsible for roll-out. This included 77 interviews and 20 focus groups with 223 staff, students, pupils and household members from four schools, one university, and one community healthcare NHS trust. Conversations revealed that high levels of communication, trust and convenience were necessary to ensure people’s engagement with the programme. This suggests community leaders and stakeholder organisations should be involved throughout programme development and implementation to optimise these features of the testing. Participants’ and stakeholders’ motivations, challenges and concerns need to be understood and these insights used to modify the programme in a continuous, real-time process to ensure and sustain engagement with testing over the extended period necessary.
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Watson, Daniella, Baralle, Natalia Laverty, Alagil, Jawahr, Anil, Krithika, Ciccognani, Sandy, Dewar-Haggart, Rachel, Fearn, Sarah, Groot, Julia, Knowles, Kathryn, Meagher, Claire, McGrath, Carmel, Muir, Sarah, Musgrove, Jo, Glyn-Owen, Kate, Woods-Townsend, Kath, Mortimore, Andrew, Roderick, Paul, Baird, Janis, Inskip, Hazel, Godfrey, Keith and Barker, Mary (2021) How best do we engage the general population in testing for COVID-19? medRxiv. (doi:10.1101/2021.01.29.21250730).

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The UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) emphasises the need for high levels of engagement with communities and individuals to ensure the effectiveness of any COVID-19 testing programme. A novel pilot health surveillance programme to assess the feasibility of weekly mass RT-LAMP testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus using saliva samples collected at home was developed and piloted by the University of Southampton and Southampton City Council. Rapid qualitative evaluation was conducted to explore experiences of those who took part in the programme, of those who declined and of those in the educational and healthcare organisations involved in the pilot testing who were responsible for roll-out. This included 77 interviews and 20 focus groups with 223 staff, students, pupils and household members from four schools, one university, and one community healthcare NHS trust. Conversations revealed that high levels of communication, trust and convenience were necessary to ensure people’s engagement with the programme. This suggests community leaders and stakeholder organisations should be involved throughout programme development and implementation to optimise these features of the testing. Participants’ and stakeholders’ motivations, challenges and concerns need to be understood and these insights used to modify the programme in a continuous, real-time process to ensure and sustain engagement with testing over the extended period necessary.

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Published date: 1 February 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 452973
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/452973
PURE UUID: c51e49a4-3a0c-490e-9dbc-3c568447a049
ORCID for Krithika Anil: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8027-1665
ORCID for Rachel Dewar-Haggart: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3757-1152
ORCID for Kate Glyn-Owen: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7934-2684
ORCID for Paul Roderick: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9475-6850
ORCID for Janis Baird: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4039-4361
ORCID for Hazel Inskip: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8897-1749
ORCID for Keith Godfrey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4643-0618
ORCID for Mary Barker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2976-0217

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Date deposited: 07 Jan 2022 12:03
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:27

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Contributors

Author: Daniella Watson
Author: Natalia Laverty Baralle
Author: Jawahr Alagil
Author: Krithika Anil ORCID iD
Author: Sandy Ciccognani
Author: Rachel Dewar-Haggart ORCID iD
Author: Sarah Fearn
Author: Julia Groot
Author: Kathryn Knowles
Author: Claire Meagher
Author: Carmel McGrath
Author: Sarah Muir
Author: Jo Musgrove
Author: Kate Glyn-Owen ORCID iD
Author: Kath Woods-Townsend
Author: Andrew Mortimore
Author: Paul Roderick ORCID iD
Author: Janis Baird ORCID iD
Author: Hazel Inskip ORCID iD
Author: Keith Godfrey ORCID iD
Author: Mary Barker ORCID iD

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