COVID-19 Evidence Reviews website: a VA effort to catalog and curate COVID-19 evidence reviews


  • Kathryn Vela Research Health Science Specialist, Evidence Synthesis Coordinating Center, Portland VA Healthcare System, Portland, OR, and Medical Librarian, St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, ID



COVID-19, systematic review, rapid review, Internet-based intervention


Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a wave of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 research that organizations around the world have been synthesizing in evidence reviews to provide high-quality evidence to support policymakers and clinicians. The urgency of these efforts opens these organizations to the risk of duplicated efforts, which could waste valuable time and resources.

Case Presentation: The VA Evidence Synthesis Program (VA ESP) formed a COVID Response Team that launched an online catalog of COVID-19 evidence reviews in March 2020 ( The goal of this website is to capture the work of evidence synthesis groups in the US and around the world to maximize their collective contributions to patients, frontline clinicians, researchers, and policymakers during the COVID-19 pandemic and avoid duplicating efforts.

Conclusions: This ongoing and evolving project provides a helpful catalog of evidence reviews at various stages of production; in addition, the website provides further value with informational icons, review collections, and links to similar resources. The VA ESP will maintain this website to continue to support the needs of policymakers, clinicians, and researchers both within the VA and around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


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