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Systematic literature search, review and dissemination methodology for the COVID-19 pandemic

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  • C. Reynard
  • D. Darbyshire
  • G. Prager
  • A.J.N. Jafar
  • M. Naguib
  • G. Oliver
  • P. Van Den Berg
  • R. Body
  • H. Ambroziak
  • S. Carley
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/07/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
Issue number6
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)524-527
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date8/06/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Purpose of the study: SARS-CoV-2 has caused healthcare systems globally to reorganise. A pandemic paradox emerged; while clinicians were desperate for information on a new disease, they had less time to find and evaluate the vast volume of publications at times of significant strain on healthcare systems. A multidisciplinary team undertook a weekly literature search capturing all COVID-19 publications. We also monitored free open access medical education (FOAMed) sources for emerging themes. Title and abstract screening pooled the most relevant papers for emergency medicine. Three summary types were created, a â Top 5 Flash Update', a journal club and a rapid response to emerging FOAMed themes. From these summaries, three modes of dissemination were used: short written summaries, blogs and podcasts. These were amplified through social media. Study design: A retrospective review was conducted assessing the impact of this knowledge dissemination strategy for the period of March to September 2020. Results: In total, 64 687 papers were identified and screened. Of the papers included in the â Top 5', 28.3% were on epidemiology, 23.6% treatment, 16.7% diagnostics, 12% prognosis, 8.7% pathophysiology with the remaining 10.7% consisting of PPE, public health, well-being and â other'. We published 37 blogs, 17 podcasts and 18 Top 5 Flash Updates. The blogs were read 138 343 times, the Top 5 Flash Updates 68 610 times and the podcasts had 72 501 listens. Conclusion: A combination of traditional academic and novel social media approaches can address the pandemic paradox clinicians are facing.