A new ‘one stop shop’ has been launched to help people manage post-Covid symptoms through nutritional care.
Aimed at both health professionals and the general public, it’s the only resource of its kind – enabling people with ongoing difficulties to find evidence-based nutritional resources, advice on symptoms and answers to common questions online.
The Nutrition and Covid-19 recovery knowledge hub is hosted by the University of Plymouth and supported by the British Dietetic Association.
The project was supported by Bournemouth University, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Imperial College London and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Professor Jane Murphy, Professor of Nutrition at BU, said: “It’s been a privilege to work with the team of academics and practitioners from across the UK and co-create a new hub that provides easy accessible, evidence-informed information about nutrition and Covid-19 for public and health care professionals.”
BU students have also helped to co-produce outputs to support the creation of the knowledge hub, including a national UK survey to help understand the delivery of nutrition care pathways for people with Covid-19.
The hub asks people about their current diet, offers assistance on understanding evidence, and signposts to relevant, reliable and research-informed content to help.
The questions and signposting are based on physical indicators, meaning the hub may also potentially be useful for people experiencing long-term flu or COPD problems, as well as those recovering from Covid-19.
Caroline Bovey, Chair of the British Dietetic Association, said “The Nutrition and Covid-19 Recovery Knowledge Hub is a welcome addition for those professionals and patients looking for high quality information. The “one stop shop” provides a wealth of information to support recovery from Covid-19 through nutritional care.
“There is increasing evidence documenting a growing number of people experiencing prolonged symptoms following Covid-19. The Hub provides targeted information for those health and care staff providing care and advice to others and provides information to empower individuals and their families and carers post-Covid.”