Covid-19 research evidence: An international survey exploring views on useful sources, preferred formats, and accessibility

Authors

  • Eve Tomlinson Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0969-602X
  • Debra de Silva The Evidence Centre http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8413-5487
  • Jana Stojanova Interdisciplinary Center for Health Studies (CIESAL), Universidad de Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Chile; Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-4812-5745
  • Roses Parker Cochrane MOSS Network, c/o Cochrane Pain Palliative and Supportive Care Group, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, UK. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8156-5254
  • Muriah Umoquit Knowledge Translation Department, Cochrane Central Executive, Ontario, Canada http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8018-3593
  • Stephanie Lagosky Knowledge Translation Department, Cochrane Central Executive, Berlin, Germany http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3718-8014
  • Bey-Marrié Schmidt School of Public Health, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1363-171X
  • Karen Head Knowledge Translation Department, Cochrane Central Executive, London, UK http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5210-5152

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17267/2675-021Xevidence.2022.e4010

Keywords:

Survey, COVID-19, Knowledge, Perceptions, Public health

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: In a pandemic, stakeholders such as policy makers, clinicians, patients, and the public need access to high-quality, timely, relevant research evidence in a format that is understandable and applicable. OBJECTIVES: An online survey was used to determine where a global audience finds research evidence about COVID-19 and how they prefer to keep up to date. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We conducted an online survey of people interested in research in English and Spanish. We used a convenience sample of people visiting websites and social media accounts of Cochrane, an international organisation that collates systematic reviews of research.  RESULTS: 831 people with various roles and locations responded over a short period with little active promotion. Healthcare professionals, members of the public, and policy influencers wanted research evidence to inform decisions about COVID-19. More than half found research evidence from government websites (52%), international organisations (57%), journals (56%), and evidence collation organisations (60%) useful. People wanted research evidence about COVID-19 formats such as lay summaries (60%), online systematic reviews (60%), short summaries with commentaries (51%), and visual summaries (48%). People preferred to be kept up to date about COVID-19 research via email updates and newsletters, tailored to people’s interests (34%), traditional media (13%) and social media (12%). CONCLUSIONS: It was feasible to collect feedback rapidly using a simple online survey. Websites from official organisations were key sources of COVID-19 research evidence. More research is needed on how best to provide evidence that is easy to access and understand.

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Published

2022-03-14

How to Cite

Tomlinson, E., de Silva, D., Stojanova, J., Parker, R., Umoquit, M., Lagosky, S., Schmidt, B.-M., & Head, K. (2022). Covid-19 research evidence: An international survey exploring views on useful sources, preferred formats, and accessibility . Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, 4, e4010. https://doi.org/10.17267/2675-021Xevidence.2022.e4010

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