A Curated List of Evidence-Based Sources for Health Professionals, Librarians, and Researchers

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This report was published on May 19, 2020
To produce this report, CADTH used a modified approach to the selection, appraisal, and synthesis of the evidence to meet decision-making needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Care has been taken to ensure the information is accurate and complete, but it should be noted that international scientific evidence about COVID-19 is changing and growing rapidly.

Introduction

Background

CADTH provides Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial health care decision-makers with credible, impartial advice and evidence-based information about the effectiveness and efficiency of drugs and other health technologies. To achieve its mandate, CADTH produces a variety of publications that range from comprehensive systematic reviews and economic evaluations to more concise bulletins and updates.

CADTH’s Research Information Services team has compiled this COVID-19 grey literature resource list, which highlights freely accessible evidence-based sources of grey literature on this topic. Grey literature includes government information and reports that are not published commercially and that may be inaccessible via bibliographic databases.

Audience

This resource list is intended for use by health professionals, librarians, and information specialists, as well as the health technology assessment research community seeking information specific to COVID-19.

Scope

The CADTH COVID-19 grey literature resource list is organized by topic and jurisdiction. This is not an exhaustive list of COVID-19 resources. The list prioritizes Canadian resources and high-quality rapid knowledge syntheses. It will be updated regularly as new resources become available. Because of the continuously evolving nature of the internet, CADTH cannot be held responsible for occasional inaccuracies due to website changes.

How to Use

The resource list can be used to document all aspects of the search process. This includes the documentation of keywords used in the search and information about the availability of each website, as well as the use of a drop-down box beside each website to indicate the success or relevancy of the retrieval.

Use the drop-down boxes that appear beside each website in the list to indicate one of the following:

  • searched; nothing found
  • not searched; not relevant
  • searched; results found
  • results may be of peripheral interest.

Use the space below each link to document the search terms used on the individual websites listed or to make other notes.


Table of Contents

Rapid Reviews

Jurisdictional Resources
- Canada
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Australia and New Zealand
- International

Health Statistics
Databases (Free)
Additional Resources


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Rapid Reviews

Joanna Briggs Institute - COVID-19 Special Collection

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ECRI-COVID-19 Resource Center

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Institut national d'excellence en santé et en services sociaux - COVID-19

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CADTH - CADTH and COVID-19

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McMaster University — COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Reviews

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Jurisdictional Resources
Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Canadian Medical Protective Association - COVID-19 Hub

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Canadian Medical Association - CMA Update: COVID-19

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CSA Group-Canadian Standards Association - COVID-19 Response Standards & Handbooks.

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BC Centre for Disease Control - COVID-19 Care

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Shared Health Manitoba - Provincial COVID-19 resources for health-care providers and staff

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - COVID-19 resources for health professionals

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Public Health Ontario - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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Ontario Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care — COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector

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Medical Society of Prince Edward Island — Health PEI Resources

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Collège des médecins du Québec — Suivez le fil d’actualité du Collège: COVID-19

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Saskatchewan Medical Association — COVID-19: information for physicians

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Jurisdictional Resources
United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) information for health care professionals

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ISDA‒Infection Diseases Society of America — COVID-19 Resource Center

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CIDRAP‒Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy — COVID-19 Resource Center

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U.S. Food & Drug Administration — Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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U.S. Food & Drug Administration — COVID-19-Related Guidance Documents for Industry, FDA Staff, and Other Stakeholders

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APIC‒Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology — COVID-19

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United States Department of Labor — Occupational Safety and Health Administration: COVID-19

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Jurisdictional Resources
United Kingdom

Government UK — Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance

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Public Health England — Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

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MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis — COVID-19 reports

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Jurisdictional Resources
Australia and New Zealand

Government of South Australia — Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) resources and links for health professionals

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Government of Western Australia Department of Health — COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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ANZICS‒Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society — ANZICS COVID-19 Guidelines

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Ministry of Health – Manatū Hauora — COVID-19: Resources for health professionals

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NSW‒Government — COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Jurisdictional Resources
International

World Health Organization — Country & Technical Guidance - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronavirus disease

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Evidence Aid — Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information portal

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Health Statistics

World Health Organization — Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports

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COVID-19 Canada Open Data Working Group — COVID-19 in Canada

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Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University — COVID-19 Dashboard for cases globally

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Databases (Free)

Cochrane Library — Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine — LitCOVID

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Epistemonikos (L-OVE Summary) — Coronavirus (including COVID-19)

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World Health Organization. Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Additional Resources

medRxiv — COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv

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MLA‒Medical Library Association — COVID-19 Resources for Medical Librarians & Other Health Information Professionals

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University of British Columbia — Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—for Beginners to Experts

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Guidelines International Network — Library & Resources/COVID-19

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EPPI-Centre — COVID-19: a living systematic map of the evidence

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McMaster University — COVID-End: COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making

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