Shorter spells of night work, more time to recover between shifts, and increased individual work-time control. These are some of the recommendations from an extensive Nordic research project funded by NordForsk.
The generated evidence is expected to have high significance for patients, healthcare professionals and policymakers with an impact on recommendation how to handle Covid-19 in specific patient groups, for protecting vulnerable populations, for recommendations on medication use and for follow-up of patients surviving severe Covid-19 to treat complications.
This research program will offer novel insights into the role of psychiatric factors in COVID-19 etiology and health consequences. Given our unique health registers and biobanks together with the new COVID-19 cohorts, we have a worldwide unique opportunity to understand the roles of mental disorders and associated somatic conditions in COVID-19.
Nordic cities have qualities to draw on when it comes to greenspace, social inclusion and public health. But they are also segregated, characterised by health-related divides and by differences in accessibility to urban amenities. Without careful consideration the health and well-being of city-dwellers can be negatively influenced in overly densified and congested cities, despite sustainability ambitions.
The deadline for a call for proposals for projects on research to combat the COVID-19 pandemic was June 16. The call is a collaborative effort between research funders from the Nordic countries, Estonia and Latvia.