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Clinical Decision Support

BMJ Best Practice

The COVID-19 content in BMJ Best Practice, which HEE funds for the NHS, is freely available and being continually updated by the BMJ. It includes a patient information leaflet. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]


Wolters Kluwer are expanding access to UpToDate for anyone seeking the latest evidence-based updates to critical clinical content in the fight against Covid-19 – this includes all clinicians and organisations that do not subscribe to UpToDate.

Please see the direct links below for you to share with your clinical colleagues.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome:

Acute respiratory distress syndrome: Clinical features, diagnosis, and complications in adults

Acute respiratory distress syndrome: Supportive care and oxygenation in adults

Acute respiratory distress syndrome: Epidemiology, pathophysiology, pathology, and etiology in adults


Ventilator management strategies for adults with acute respiratory distress syndrome

Prone ventilation for adult patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome


Wolters Kluwer Coronavirus Resources & Tools page provides resources across our Health solutions. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

See also Visual DX, a diagnostic clinical decision support system for dermatologists. Click the link, enter your NHS OpenAthens username and password.  Select Ovid from the resources list and select Visual DX from Links in the blue menu bar.

Dynamed [Last Checked: 3/4/20]

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Evidence Summaries

Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service – CEBM

The CEBM has committed its skills and expertise in evidence synthesis and dissemination to the effort against the current COVID-19 pandemic. The above page will be updated regularly. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

Cochrane Library – Coronavirus (COVID-19): evidence relevant to critical care

The aim of this Special Collection is to ensure immediate access to systematic reviews most directly relevant to the management of people hospitalized with severe acute respiratory infections. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

Evidence Aid – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Evidence Collection

Summaries of relevant research, available as soon as each is ready. In time we will have translations of the summaries in other languages. A ‘NEW’ flag will appear on each review as it is added and remain for 48-72 hours. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

LitCovid – from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Center for Biotechnology Information

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

Evidence from Trusted Sources

NICE Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Rapid COVID-19 Guidelines
All NICE products on COVID 19. Includes any guidance and NICE Pathways. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

NICE Evidence
A general evidence search on coronavirus or COVID-19. [Last Checked: 3/03/20]

The advanced ‘Pro’ option is now available to all NHS users from home. Please sign in using your .nhs.uk, nhs.net address.

Click here for high quality reviews and guidance on TripPro related to Covid-19. The TripPro blog highlights highlighting popular articles and popular searches. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

Public Health England: Finding the evidence: Coronavirus

The Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services Team has produced this page to help those working on the current coronavirus outbreak to identify and access emerging evidence as it is published. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

The Royal Society

To support the librarian and researcher communities The Royal Society have collated relevant articles on COVID-19 into a collection, and will be updating this collection as they publish more research. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

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

An up-to-date map of the current evidence partitioned into broad domains for easy exploration. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19

General updates and dashboards. Infographics, leaflets and videos.  Also latest on countermeasures. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

National Library of Medicine (USA) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Information pulled together by the National Library of Medicine based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA on the Coronavirus (Covid-19). [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

See also Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) Coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organisation: Global research on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

WHO is gathering the latest scientific findings and knowledge on coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) and compiling it in a database. They update the database daily from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searches of the table of contents of relevant journals, and the addition of other relevant scientific articles that come to our attention. The entries in the database may not be exhaustive and new research will be added regularly. The database is updated daily, Monday through Friday. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

Free Open Access Resources

Europe PMC: Recently Published Open Access Articles

PMC Open Access: Recently Published Articles

A slightly broader search of open access resources covering COVID-19 and lookalike infections such as SARS and MERS. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

CORD-19 Explorer

The CORD-19 Explorer is a full-text search engine for the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

ProQuest Coronavirus Research Database

Includes thousands of open-access articles from the world’s leading publishers as well as current research from pre-print repositories such as arXiv [Last Checked: 3/04/20]

List of free Journals and articles about Covid-19

Cornwall Health Library is maintaining a list of relevant journal articles and resources available for free by various publishers and organisations about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). [Last Checked 3/04/20]

BMJ: Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

Elsevier: Novel Coronavirus Information Center

Lancet: COVID-19 Resource Centre

Nursing Standard

NEJM: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Nature: SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19

Oxford Academic Journals COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related topics

Wiley: Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

[Above Links Last Checked: 3/04/20]

Other Resources

Richard Lehman’s covid-19 reviews—30 March 2020

Liang, T. (2020) Handbook of Covid-19 Prevention and Treatment , First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine. – Open Access

Faced with an unknown virus, sharing and collaboration are the best remedy. The publication of this Handbook is one of the best ways to mark the courage and wisdom our healthcare workers have demonstrated over the past two months. The Handbook is available to everyone for free. However, due to the limited time, there might be some errors and defects. [Last Checked: 3/04/20]