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

Ciara Keenan, Chris Noone, Karen McConnell, Samantha H Cheng

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Early in the pandemic, as scientific reports and preliminary research on both clinical and public health aspectsof COVID-19 were rapidly generated, we recognised the need for a dynamic, interactive tool that could captureand collate emerging evidence sources to inform research and decision-making efforts. In particular, we observedthat numerous similar research efforts across the globe were happening in parallel - prompting an urgent need toconnect research teams with each other and maximize research efficiency. Our colleagues in China provided dailytranslations of emerging evidence to aid networking between research groups working across the world. Here wedescribe how the meta-evidence project met daily and ongoing challenges and what was learned as a result. Wedescribe the benefit of finding ways to instead work with better resourced teams and promote collective and openefforts to synthesise the evidence, which in the end, outweighed the considerable costs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2021


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


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