COVID-19 Research


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IHPS faculty are responding to policy challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic with rapid-cycle researchand technical assistance.  A compilation of their work to date can be found here and will be updated regularly.

                           PRIORITY: Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Study                     

Valerie FlahermanPRIORITY (Pregnancy CoRonavIrus Outcomes RegIsTrY) is a nationwide study of people under investigation for or with confirmed COVID-19 who are pregnant or recently pregnant, and their newborns. PRIORITY is enrolling participants nationwide at to provide information to help patients and healthcare providers better understand how COVID-19 impacts pregnant people and their newborns. Mother and infant participants will be followed for 12 months after delivery to assess both immediate outcomes associated with acute COVID-19 and subsequent consequences including ongoing respiratory, neurological or systematic symptoms, mental health concerns and receipt of preventive services including contraception and immunization. (PI: Valerie Flaherman)



                      RAPID (Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Indirect Impacts and Migigating Interventions for Decision-Making)                                      
RAPID (Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Indirect Impacts and Mitigating Interventions for Decision-making) RAPID is an interdisciplinary rapid-response scientific taskforce and policy simulation laboratory that provides a clear, transparent framework for defining what constitutes a set of foreseeable indirect effects of the pandemic. The RAPID team (see  attached report) developed a novel analytic approach to rapidly synthesize evidence and develop guidance for state policymakers seeking to buffer Californians from the indirect effects of COVID-19.  (PI: Mohsen Malekinejad, Claire Brindis)








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Julia Adler-Milstein published in American Journal of Infection Control
Factors and reasons associated with low COVID-19 vaccine uptake among highly hesitant communities in the US.

Andrew Auerbach published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
Adaptability on Shifting Ground: a Rapid Qualitative Assessment of Multi-institutional Inpatient Surge Planning and Workforce Deployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Maria Glymour published in SSM Population Health
A descriptive analysis of 2020 California Occupational Safety and Health Administration covid-19-related complaints.

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo and Maria Glymour published in Lancet
Sociodemographic and geographic disparities in excess fatal drug overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic in California: A population-based study.

Kevin Grumbach published in Annals of Epidemiology
Design of a population-based longitudinal cohort study of SARS-CoV-2 incidence and prevalence among adults in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A Jay Holmgren published in JAMIA
Corrigendum to: Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinician ambulatory electronic health record use.

Sunitha Kaiser and Matt Pantell published in Pediatrics
Child Opportunity Index and Changes in Pediatric Acute Care Utilization in the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hemal Kanzaria published in Research Square
PROmotion of COvid-19 VA(X)ccination in the Emergency Department - PROCOVAXED: Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.

Hemal Kanzaria, Margot Kushel and Maria Raven Published in JAMA Network Open
Mortality Among People Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Leah Karliner published in Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Saftey
Increasing Telehealth Access to Care for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic at an Academic Medical Center: Video Visits for Elders Project (VVEP).

Elaine Khoong, Courtney Lyles and Urmimala Sarkar published in JMIR Formative Research
System-Level Factors Associated With Telephone and Video Visit Use: Survey of Safety-Net Clinicians During the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Margot Kushel published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Acceptability Among Homeless-Experienced Adults: Qualitative Data from Two Samples.

Margot Kushel published in PLoS One
Implementation of rapid and frequent SARS-CoV2 antigen testing and response in congregate homeless shelters.

Rob Lustig published in Advances of Radiation Oncology
General Anesthesia for Pediatric Radiotherapy in the Era of COVID-19.

Laura Schmidt published in Psychology, Health and Medicine
Explaining the intention to get vaccinated against COVID-19: General attitudes towards vaccination and predictors from health behavior theories.

Jinoos Yazdany published in the Journal of Rheumatology
Characteristics, Comorbidities, and Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Patients With Autoimmune Conditions Treated With Systemic Therapies: A Population-based Study.

Robert Hiatt published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases
Commentary: Race, COVID-19 and Nursing Homes

Renee Hsia published in BMJ Quality and Saftey
Nationwide study on trends in unplanned hospital attendance and deaths during the 7 weeks after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Denmark.

AJ Holmgren published in JAMIA
Assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinician ambulatory electronic health record use.

Christina Mangurian published in Psychiatric Services
A COVID-19 Rapid Mental Health Response for Medical Center Health Care Workers

Megumi Okumura published in Clinical Pediatrics
Are We Reaching Everyone? A Cross-Sectional Study of Telehealth Inequity in the COVID-19 Pandemic in an Urban Academic Pediatric Primary Care Clinic.
Jinoos Yazdany published in The Journal of Rheumatology
COVID-19 in Pregnant Women With Rheumatic Disease: Data From the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance.

Jinoos Yazdany published in Nature Reviews Rheumatology
COVID-19 in people with rheumatic diseases: risks, outcomes, treatment considerations

Jinoos Yazdany published in the European Journal of Rheumatology
Early impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children with pediatric rheumatic diseases

In the News  

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo:
CA’s New COVID Plan Includes Faith Community, Public Health Leaders
 (Black Voice News)

Valerie Flaherman:
How one UCSF researcher helped the world understand pregnancy during covid
 (San Francisco Business Times)

Elan Guterman:
Pandemic Caused Rise in Deaths of Alzheimer’s Patients

Rita Hamad:
California ending COVID mask mandate and easing other rules – too soon, too slow?
 (East Bay Times)

Maria Raven:
CDC finds booster protection wanes after 4 months, but UCSF doctor says immune response continues
(ABC 7 News)
Deaths Among Unhoused Individuals in SF Doubled During First Year of COVID-19 Pandemic (SFIST)

Kim Rhoads:
COVID Deadly for Black Californians, Who Have State’s Lowest Vaccine Rate
(Times of San Diego)

Joanne Spetz:
America needs more doctors and nurses to survive the next pandemic (Vox)


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