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COVID-19: A living map of the evidence

Contact: Ian Shemilt

Start Date: 1st February 2020

End Date: 31st October 2023

Access the current (archived) living map here (see below for details)


Between 2020 and 2023, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continually maintained a living map of international research evidence on COVID-19 for the UK Department of Health and Social Care. In October 2023, this map was transitioned out of living mode, and the final, archived version can be accessed below (web database).



The overall aim of this project was to continually maintain a living map of international research evidence on COVID-19, partitioned into broad topic domains:

  • Treatment Evaluation
  • Transmission / Risk / Prevalence
  • Diagnosis
  • Health Impacts
  • Vaccine Development
  • Treatment Development
  • Genetics / Biology
  • Case Reports (Patients)
  • Case Study - Organisation
  • Social / Economic / Indirect Impacts
  • Mental Health Impacts


For further details of the methods we used to maintain this living map, please see 'About this map' in the living map (web database).


The final, archived version of this living map - Version 106 - 24th October 2023 - contains ~250,000 bibliographic records of research articles about COVID-19, partitioned by topic.


Lorenc T, Khouja C, Raine G, Shemilt I, Sutcliffe K, D'Souza P, Burchett H, Hinds K, Khatwa M, Macdowall W, Melton H, Richardson M, South E, Stansfield C, Thomas S, Kwan I, Wright K, Sowden A, Thomas J (2020) COVID-19: living map of the evidence. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Social Research Institute, University College London. 

Further information

This work was undertaken by a team of researchers based at the EPPI Centre under the auspices of the UK NIHR Policy Research Programme Reviews Facility (NIHR PRP Reviews Facility). The NIHR PRP Reviews Facility is a collaboration between the EPPI Centre (UCL), the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD, University of York) and the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society (PHES, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

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