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LIDA Seminar Series 11th March 2021

LIDA Seminar
Thursday 11 March 2021, 12pm - 1pm

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Presentation 1: To be, or not to be, DesDevOps Agile

By: Natalie Nelissen

Abstract: Can terms like Agile, DevOps or User Centred Design be relevant beyond software development? In this presentation, I will explore what is behind some of these buzz words, and how you could make them work for you - even if you don’t write code (or in fact do anything digital). The philosophy is quite appealing, the implementation sometimes appalling, but is it worth a try? I’ll provide some examples from my experience and leave it up to you to decide...
A biomedical scientist by training, Natalie has worked on neuroscience, digital health, data science and sociocultural projects in the public sector. From decoding people’s brain activity to evaluating an app for the European Space Agency, she enjoys exploring new topics and methods. She was first introduced to Agile in 2016 and has experienced several flavours of it, including co-writing an Agile toolkit for the sociocultural sector.

Dr Stuart Flint

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Presentation 2: Cross-sectional analysis to explore the awareness, attitudes and actions of UK adults at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19

By: Dr Stuart Flint


Objectives This study explored the impact of COVID-19 on people identified as at high risk of severe illness by UK government, and in particular, the impact of lockdown on access to healthcare, medications and use of technological platforms.

Design Online survey methodology.

Setting UK.

Participants 1038 UK adults were recruited who were either identified by UK government as at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 or self-identified as at high risk with acute or other chronic health conditions not included in the UK government list. Participants were recruited through social media advertisements, health charities and patient organisations.

Main outcomes measures The awareness, attitudes and actions survey which explores the impact of COVID-19, on including access to healthcare, use of technology for health condition management, mental health, depression, well-being and lifestyle behaviours.

Results Nearly half of the sample (44.5%) reported that their mental health had worsened during the COVID-19 lockdown. Management of health conditions changed including access to medications (28.5%) and delayed surgery (11.9%), with nearly half of the sample using telephone care (45.5%). Artificial Intelligence identified that participants in the negative cluster had higher neuroticism, insecurity and negative sentiment. Participants in this cluster reported more negative impacts on lifestyle behaviours, higher depression and lower well-being, alongside lower satisfaction with platforms to deliver healthcare.

Conclusions This study provides novel evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on people identified as at high risk of severe illness. These findings should be considered by policy-makers and healthcare professionals to avoid unintended consequences of continued restrictions and future pandemic responses.


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