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 May 22: A new COVID-19 Rapid Review was published: 'Video calls for reducing social isolation and loneliness in older people'. More than 10,000 users have used Cochrane's COVID-19 Study Register in the first month! This registry supports rapid evidence synthesis in the global challenge to combat COVID-19. The Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library updated the Cochrane Community on the COVID-19 work of the past week.
Updated May 21: Cochrane today announces its COVID-19 priority areas of work over the next six months to help meet the healthcare evidence needs of policymakers, guideline developers and clinicians; and makes available a list of additional priority questions to help guide the work of other research organizations. A visual summary of the Cochrane systematic review: 'Barriers and facilitators to healthcare workers’ adherence with infection prevention and control (IPC) guidelines for respiratory infectious diseases: a rapid qualitative evidence synthesis' has been added.

6 COVID-19 Special Collections published

4 COVID-19 Rapid Reviews published

Created the COVID-19 Study Register:
a one-stop shop for primary research studies related to COVID-19

1 Fast-tracked Review Update published

COVID-19 Evidence published in up to 12 languages

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

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.

Relevant Reviews

Initiatives currently underway

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

  • Rapid Review response - includes details on our work on prioritizing research questions and methods guidance.
  • COVID Rapid Reviews database - view, submit, and search questions as well as see what rapid reviews are being worked on.
  • COVID-19 Study Register - providing a one-stop shop for primary research studies related to COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 living evidence project - the project provides one location for decision-makers to access information on COVID trials and synthesized results that is frequently updated by independent researchers with expertise in evidence synthesis.
  • Wellcome's statement committing to sharing research data and findings - Cochrane, along with an international community of researchers, journals and funders, has signed up to this statement for sharing the data relevant to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • TaskExchange - connect to a global health evidence community and offer your skills or post a COVID-19 specific task and get help!

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.

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