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With over 10 million page views globally, the Evidence Service is now recognised as having ‘a lasting research value’ by the Oxford University Bodleian Library and worthy of permanent preservation in their web archive.

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The CEBM Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service continues its excellent work, providing regularly updated rapid reviews relating to the Coronavirus pandemic.

With over 10 million page views globally, the Evidence Service is now recognised as having ‘a lasting research value’ by the Oxford University Bodleian Library and worthy of permanent preservation in their web archive. 

So far, 76 reviews have been added in April alone, providing background evidence to support clinicians on the front line make informed decisions on the fundamental practices of COVID-19 care within their field of expertise 

Authors and contributors include but are by no means limited to:

Jason Oke, senior statistician at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Carl Heneghan, Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor and honorary research fellow, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences 

Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

British Islamic Medical Association

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust

Tsinghua University School of Medicine

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

To date, the most viewed reviews are:

  1. SARS-CoV-2 viral load and the severity of COVID-19

  2. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: Current evidence for their effectiveness in treating COVID-19

Each study disseminates research by showcasing the importance of evidence in determining the final verdict The value of these rapid reviews is further represented below: 

  1. The UK Government's Cabinet Office has requested advice on association versus causation when reporting deaths in hospitals only versus in the community and/or care homes
  2. The work has been cited in NICE clinical guidelines and by many media outlets (including the BBC) and regularly features on BBC 2's Newsnight programme
  3. Content is distributed to 660 journalists daily via the Science Media Centre
  4. Since April 1st, 2020, over one million new users have visited CEBM.net

Read more at CEBM.net