A rapid response to the COVID-19 outbreak: the meta-evidence project

Ciara Keenan, Chris Noone, Karen Mc Connell, Samantha Cheng

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Early in the pandemic, as scientific reports and preliminary research on both clinical and public health aspects
of COVID-19 were rapidly generated, we recognised the need for a dynamic, interactive tool that could capture
and collate emerging evidence sources to inform research and decision-making efforts. In particular, we observed
that numerous similar research efforts across the globe were happening in parallel - prompting an urgent need to
connect research teams with each other and maximize research efficiency. Our colleagues in China provided daily
translations of emerging evidence to aid networking between research groups working across the world. Here we
describe how the meta-evidence project met daily and ongoing challenges and what was learned as a result. We
describe the benefit of finding ways to instead work with better resourced teams and promote collective and open
efforts to synthesise the evidence, which in the end, outweighed the considerable costs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
Journal European Association for Health Information and Libraries
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Jun 2021


  • COVID-19
  • systematic review
  • infodemic
  • evidence-based practice
  • technology


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