Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Cochrane resources and news

Cochrane provides high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date synthesized research evidence to inform health decisions. This page highlights content relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the various related activities that Cochrane is undertaking in response.

We will be continually adding updates and additions to this page. Sections include information and resources for:

Latest news:
Updated 27 March:
To make our work easier to access, this page has been reordered to reflect information by audience, rather than project.
Cochrane Effective Practice and Organizational of Care have created evidence summaries for decision makers on mHealth - the use of mobile phones and tablets to organise health care, provide services, and communicate with clients, patients, and the public. Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility group have been gathering important resources, guidance and advice statements from international organizations and societies related to COVID-19, fertility, and pregnancy.They are now also maintaining a spreadsheet of all available published data on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes in relation to COVID-19.
Updated 26 March:
The Special Collection Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care  is now available in Russian - which makes this collection available in 8 languages. The Cochrane Library is temporarily unrestricted for everyone in every country of the world providing them access to high-quality, independent evidence to inform health decision-making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer translators with Oxford-Brazil EBM Alliance are translating Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service resources into Portuguese.

Information and resources for the public, patients, and carers

In the ever-changing situation that we are in, it's important to have the latest information but we must ensure that information is coming from trustworthy sources. We have collected a variety of helpful resources related to COVID-19 from our community and partners. We also have several initiatives to get the public involved in our work and educated on how to make informed health decisions.

Helpful resources

Initiatives under way

In the exploratory and planning stage

  • Special Collection on effective options for quitting smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Special Collection on working from home.
  • Special Collection on mental health with relation to post traumatic stress disorder for those in recovery or post-ICU.
  • Special Collection on home care for at risk populations.

Information and resources for healthcare workers

We know that basic science research and innovation will be vital in containing and mitigating the effects of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Cochrane can respond promptly to this unprecedented global health crisis by making our health evidence more accessible to those needing to make informed decisions at this time and responding to questions from front-line healthcare workers.

Relevant Special Collections
The Cochrane Reviews in these Collections are free to access. These Special Collections also include links to relevant Cochrane Clinical Answers - readable, clinically-focused, actionable answers to inform point-of-care decision-making for health professionals.

Initiatives currently underway

In the exploratory and planning stage

  • Special Collection on effective options for quitting smoking during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Special Collection on remote consultation and telemedicine.
  • Special Collection on mental health for the workforce.
    • Creating a special edition of the Cochrane Library app of related COVID-19 Cochrane evidence.

     Information and resources for researchers

    We must answer the time-sensitive needs of health decision makers, as fast as possible while simultaneously ensuring that the scientific imperative of methodological rigor is satisfied. We must also make sure that relevant Cochrane systematic reviews are up-to-date with the latest evidence.

    Initiatives currently underway

    • Our Rapid Review response is available in full - it includes details on our work on prioritizing research questions and methods guidance.
    • The creation of the COVID Rapid Reviews website where you can view and search questions; this site is under development as we move towards an official launch shortly.
    • Annotating all COVID-19 studies with PICO.

    Information and resources for policy and guideline developers

    Policy and guideline developers need to make time-sensitive decisions while ensuring they are incorporating high quality health evidence. The evidence they use also needs to be easy to understand and actionable.

    Helpful resources

    Initiatives currently underway

    • Rapid-review work focusing on several quarantine questions has started.
    • The Cochrane Library is now temporarily unrestricted for everyone in every country of the world providing them access to high-quality, independent evidence to inform health decision-making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Supporting our Cochrane Community

    We have created a COVID-19 Working Group consisting of representatives from the Cochrane Public Health and Health Systems Network, Senior Editors, and members from our Geographic and Methods Groups. This group will be meeting weekly and will actively be seeking new funding opportunities to support our work. They will also be working to help prioritise the different areas of work for Cochrane and liaise with the wider community.

    Recent initiatives

    Previous updates

    We have been amazed and humbled by the staggering response from our global Community  who have contributed and engaged with our efforts to date. At the top of the news item are the two most recent updates to this page. Below are the previous updates which track our ongoing COVID-19 activities.

    Updated 25 March: A new Special Collection on working from home and a fast-tracked prioritized update on personal protective equipment for preventing highly infectious diseases is being worked on. We have also announced weekly citizen scientist challenges using our Cochrane Crowd platform. Work is well underway on Rapid Reviews - download an updated workflow document and view the newly launched Cochrane COVID Rapid Reviews website where you can view questions already submitted and filter by their status, type, and priority level.
    Updated 24 March: An update to the Special Collections we are currently exploring and working on. COVID-19: Making sense of health information - a guide for public with helpful resources added.
    Updated 23 March: An update on Cochrane's work on Rapid Reviews in response to COVID-19.
    Updated 21 March - Work has started on creating a special edition of the Cochrane Library app with related COVID-19 evidence, update to Cochrane Colloquium plans, and the Cochrane Community shares pictures of their work-from-home situations.

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