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Misinformation in COVID-19: Strategies for policy makers to mitigate its effects

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Start Date: 1st April 2022

End Date: 31st December 2022

Background
The COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic has been generating unprecedented quantities of misinformation and pseudoscientific facts that influence people’s behaviour in ways that severely undermine public health mitigation strategies. National and local policymakers have expressed to us their concerns about C-19 misinformation and challenges they have experienced in attempting to counter it. 

Objective
To identify, characterise and synthesise accumulating research knowledge about C-19 misinformation in order to provide decision-makers with evidence they need to help tackle the spread and impacts of misinformation in the C-19 and future public health emergencies.

Key Components
This project has two components. A living map of research evidence on misinformation in COVID-19, followed by a systematic review of strategies (interventions) to mitigate its effects:

  1. Living evidence map: A regularly updated map comprising bibliographic records of published articles reporting empirical research studies on misinformation in COVID-19, organised by topic and other selected study characteristics. 
  2. Systematic Review: A systematic review of the effectiveness of policies and practices developed to correct, reduce or counter the spread of COVID-19 mis- information and/or to mitigate its adverse impacts. 

Stakeholder Engagement
We will identify and engage with various stakeholders (primarily in the UK) to inform development of the living map and systematic review, including refinement of specific research questions and methods for the systematic review, and interpreting its findings. s

Further information will be posted on this page as we continue to develop this project. For enquiries about this work, please contact Ian Shemilt (i.shemilt@ucl.ac.uk) or James Thomas (james.thomas@ucl.ac.uk).

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