Dear Cochrane friends and colleagues,
I wish you a belated happy new year and hope that you found some rest and peace during the holiday season. I hope you are keeping well and safe.
I am writing to you with an update on Cochrane’s continued COVID-19 work over recent weeks since I last wrote.
- In late December, we published two scoping reviews to inform WHO guidance. These were the first scoping reviews to be published by Cochrane, and they serve as exemplars for how similar research could be published by Cochrane beyond the pandemic. Read the reviews on the Cochrane Library:
- Cochrane EPOC has created a brief for health systems planners and implementers who are considering strategies to support the resilience and mental health of their frontline workers during a disease outbreak, epidemic or pandemic. Read the brief.
- We have continued to work with Cochrane Groups from around the world to produce case studies about Cochrane’s COVID response work in a collection titled Cochrane vs. COVID-19. We have shared several of these case stories since my last message, which can each be viewed below:
- Cochrane Mexico: Evidence to guide paediatric COVID-19 patient care
- Cochrane South Africa: Very rapid reviews to inform National treatment Guidelines
- Chilean Satellite of Cochrane EPOC: Supporting decision makers
- Cochrane France: Mapping ‘real-time’ evidence about COVID-19
- Cochrane Oral Health: Evidence to help reopen dental services
- Cochrane Methods Rapid Reviews: How to review evidence fast and maintain quality
- Cochrane Rehabilitation: Compiling the best available evidence rapidly
- Cochrane Ireland vs COVID-19: iHealthFacts.ie ‘fact checking’ claims in a pandemic
- Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility: Collaborating to produce the ‘PregCov-19’ living systematic review
- Cochrane ENT: Providing targeted evidence for clinicians
- New Cochrane Clinical Answers and podcasts related to COVID-19 have been added in recent weeks. Explore the Cochrane Clinical Answers and podcasts.
- Earlier in December, I participated in a webinar hosted for the Brigham and Women's Hospital Surgical Grand Rounds Professional Development Series, giving a presentation titled “Leadership, systematic reviews, and COVID: an international perspective”. View the recording of this webinar.
- In case you missed it, recordings are now available from the December session of the Join the Conversation webinar series, which I host. This session featured short presentations from a variety of community members, sharing about their Group’s response to COVID-19. Watch the recordings. These webinars will be resumed in February; learn more and sign up.
Stay well and best wishes,
Editor in Chief, Cochrane Library