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Rapid evidence review of community engagement and resources in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic: How can community assets redress health inequities?

Mughal, Rabya; Thomson, Linda J.M.; Daykin, Norma; Chatterjee, Helen J.

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Authors

Rabya Mughal

Linda J.M. Thomson

Norma Daykin

Helen J. Chatterjee



Abstract

Community engagement, such as participating in arts, nature or leisurely activities, is positively associated with psychological and physiological wellbeing. Community-based engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic facilitated informal and local mutual aid between individuals. This rapid evidence review assesses the emergence of community-based arts, nature, music, theatre and other types of cultural engagement amongst UK communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we focus on all community engagement with a sub-focus on provisions accessed by and targeted towards vulnerable groups. Two hundred and fifty-six resources were included that had been created between February 2020 and January 2021. Resources were identified through Google Scholar, PubMed, Web of Science, MedRXic, PsycharXiv and searches for grey literature and items in the public domain. The majority reported services that had been adapted to become online, telephone-based or delivered at a distance from doorsteps. Several quality assessment frameworks were used to evaluate the quality of data. Whilst a number of peer-reviewed, grey literature and public domain articles were identified, less than half of the identified literature met quality thresholds. The pace of the response to the pandemic may have meant that robust evaluation procedures were not always in place.

Citation

Mughal, R., Thomson, L. J., Daykin, N., & Chatterjee, H. J. (2022). Rapid evidence review of community engagement and resources in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic: How can community assets redress health inequities?. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(7), 4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074086

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Mar 24, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2022
Publication Date Mar 30, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 19, 2022
Journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Print ISSN 1661-7827
Electronic ISSN 1660-4601
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 7
Pages 4086
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074086
Keywords sociocultural; environmental health; health behaviour; Covid 19; Pandemic
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/9708416
Publisher URL https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/7/4086

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