Coronavirus (COVID-19) and help using evidence

If you are a patient (or someone with personal experience of a health condition), a care-giver or family member of someone with a health condition, or someone who supports healthcare consumers, the links below are intended to help you find helpful evidence so that you can make informed choices.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The World Health Organisation's advice for the public about Coronavirus COVID-19, available here.

The World Health Organisation's Myth busters series offers practical advice for the public.

This page shows how Cochrane is responding to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. 

Information about health conditions

World Health Organisation: WHO works with 194 Member States, united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. Here is an A – Z of health conditions.

UK National Health Service: provides an A to Z list of information about health conditions.

Patient: Patient is an independent health platform containing over 4000 health information leaflets and thousands of discussion forums.

Real life experience of ill health provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences.

Healthline: Healthline provides guidance for "...the best possible health outcomes for you and your family.”

Evidently Cochrane: Health evidence presented in an interesting and accessible way in English including consumers’ stories of using evidence.

The Patient Experience Library: A (UK) patient's-eye view of service quality

Help to make decisions about treatments

Patient Revolution: Resources for people who need to have conversations with their health care professional about treatments.

UK NHS Shared Decision Making: Shared decision making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. 

Decision aids: There is a range of organisations that offer tools to help patients make decisions about treatment options. These include, Decision GridChoosing WiselyOttawa Personal Decision Guides and InforMED - Patient Decision Aids.

Watch Karen's video where she explains how she used Cochrane evidence as part of her shared decision making experience. 

Help make sense of research

GET-IT Glossary: Plain language definitions of health research terms.

Learning for consumers - a pathway: Online resources to help health care consumers interested in health research find out more about clinical trials and systematic reviews.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme: Tools to help you make sense of research.

Testing Treatments: Making sense of claims about treatments. Download your FREE copy by Imogen Evans, Hazel Thornton, Iain Chalmers and Paul Glasziou.