Last updated: August 4, 2022
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CMA Joule’s Ask a Librarian team has committed to curating free evidence-based resources related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We periodically update the Ask a Librarian - COVID-19 vaccines and the Ask a Librarian: post-COVID-19 condition (long COVID) blogs with current clinical summaries, article collections, guidance and more.
- Clinical summaries
- Clinical information via ClinicalKey (and book chapters)
- Evidence syntheses
- Articles, article collections and reviews
- Guidelines and other information
- Webinars and podcasts
- Telemedicine and virtual care
- Ethics and medical-legal resources
- Patient education resources
- Databases and pre-populated literature searches
DynaMed COVID-19 related summaries
- Management of COVID-19
- COVID-19 and Special Populations
- COVID-19 and Patients with Cancer
- COVID-19 and Pregnant Patients
- COVID-19 and Pediatric Patients
- COVID-19 and Cardiovascular Disease Patients
- COVID-19 and Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
- COVID-19-associated Coagulopathy
(CMA members can access all full summaries via this link – login required)
BMJ Best Practice
Essential Evidence Plus
CMA members can access Essential Evidence Plus via this link for point-of-care tools including clinical summaries, abstracts and the POEMs database (login required)
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Clinical information via ClinicalKey
Novel Coronavirus Information Center (Elsevier/ClinicalKey) - freely available and current information in English and Mandarin Chinese.
In ClinicalKey (CMA members only), search “COVID-19” for the latest articles from The Lancet, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infection and more.
Books (CMA members only):
Jorge Hidalgo, Gloria Rodríguez-Vega and Javier Pérez-Fernández (2022) COVID-19 Pandemic. Elsevier Inc.
ClinicalKey includes access to 1,000+ textbooks, 600 full text journals, medical images, videos and customizable patient handouts across 30+ specialties.
American Family Physician – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Daily Research Briefs.
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health – CADTH COVID-19 evidence portal.
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Oxford University – Oxford COVID-19 evidence service.
Dala Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto – REAL – COVID-19 Rapid Evidence Access Link
EPPI Centre - COVID-19: a living systematic map of the evidence
Evidence aid ‒ Coronavirus (COVID-19) – summaries of relevant research.
McMaster University - COVID-19 Evidence Alerts – weekly update of high-quality clinical studies. Free email notification is available upon registration.
McMaster University – COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END)
Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre – iCare International COVID-19 Awareness and Responses Evaluation Study
University of Ottawa - CoVaRR-Net – assessing the potential threat of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants
VA Evidence Synthesis Program – COVID-19 Evidence Reviews.
Articles, article collections and reviews
Annals of Internal Medicine – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
BMJ - Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub – collection of freely available news articles, opinion and timeline.
Cambridge University Press – Coronavirus Free Access Collection.
CMAJ – COVID-19 – CMAJ articles, podcasts and blogs on public health and policy.
cmajOPEN – COVID-19 – collection of COVID-19 research articles.
Elsevier Vaccines Toolkit – latest evidence-based information about vaccines approved for use to prevent COVID-19 infections.
Epocrates COVID-19 Drug Therapy Trial Updates – links to trials and resources focused on therapeutics.
JAMA Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – collection of current articles and multimedia.
The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Centre – free access to COVID-19 content from across The Lancet journals.
Merck Manuals COVID-19 Information and Resources – news, commentary and FAQs.
New England Journal of Medicine – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – collection of articles and other resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak including clinical reports, management guidelines and commentary (Chinese translations available for some content).
Oxford University Press – free access to OUP resources on COVID-19, other coronaviruses and related topics.
Springer-Nature – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Highlights.
Wiley Online Library - Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.
Wolters Kluwer COVID-19 Resources & Tools (Coronavirus Resources) – updates, articles and podcasts.
Guidelines and other information
Calculate by QxMD – Severe COVID-19 Prediction Tool.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): information for health care workers.
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – Coronavirus disease.
Johns Hopkins University – Interactive, global map tracking COVID-19.
National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce (Australia) – Caring for people with COVID-19.
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK) – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
University of Oxford – Our World in Data - Coronavirus Source Data
World Health Organization – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Canadian Institute for Health Information – COVID-19 resources.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – COVID19 Recommendations and Gateway to Contextualization.
Boldly (by Canadian Medical Association) – COVID-19 blog postsroll-out.
Centre for Effective Practice – COVID-19 Resource Centre.
CMA Joule – Clinical guideline search (CPG Infobase). Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19/Coronavirus infections.
College of Family Physicians of Canada – COVID-19 Information and Resources.
Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): For health professionals.
Government of Canada – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Outbreak update.
Government of Canada – Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment.
Imgrund COVID-19 Dashboard - Specializing in effective reproduction numbers (R values) across Ontario, Canada, and the world.
Infection Prevention and Control Canada – Coronavirus (COVID-19) SARS-CoV-2.
Public Health Agency of Canada – Infection prevention and control for coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Second interim guidance for acute healthcare settings.
Statistics Canada – COVID-19 A data perspective.
- BC Centre on Disease Control - COVID-19 care (for health professionals and public health partners).
- BC Centre on Disease Control - COVID-19.
Yukon: Government of Yukon – COVID-19 information.
Northwest Territories: Government of Northwest Territories – Health and Social Services - COVID-19 in NWT.
Alberta: Alberta Health Services – COVID-19 Information for Albertans).
Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan – COVID-19.
- Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living – COVID-19.
- Shared Health Manitoba – Provincial COVID-19 resources for health-care providers and staff.
Nunavut: Nunavut Department of Health – COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).
- Ontario Medical Association – COVID-19 Clinical Research.
- Ontario Ministry of Health – COVID-19: Guidance for the Health Sector.
- Public Health Ontario – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- Gouvernement du Québec – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Québec.
- Gouvernement du Québec – COVID-19 resources for health professionals (content in French).
- Collège des Médecins du Québec – Suivez le fil d’actualité du Collège COVID-19 (content in French).
- Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux – COVID-19. (content in French).
New Brunswick: Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) New Brunswick – Coronavirus.
- Government of Nova Scotia – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Nova Scotia Health – COVID-19 Hub for Nova Scotia Health team members and physicians.
Prince Edward Island: Prince Edward Island Health and Wellness – COVID-19.
Newfoundland: Newfoundland Health and Community Services – NLife with COVID-19.
Webinars and podcasts
American Medical Association ED Hub – Coronavirus (COVID19).
American Society for Microbiology - This Week in Virology.
BMJ Best Practice – BMJ Best Practice Podcasts.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota - COVID-19 Podcasts and Webinars.
CMA Joule – COVID-19 Learning Series.
CMAJ Podcasts – COVID-19 Podcasts.
College of Family Physician of Canada – COVID-19 Webinars.
Elsevier – Expert Insights on COVID-19 podcasts.
The JAMA Network – Coronavirus videos.
University of Toronto – What’s Next COVID-19 Podcast.
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine – COVID-19 Webinars.
Telemedicine and virtual care
CADTH – Enablers for virtual visits.
Canada Health Infoway – Rapid response to COVID-19.
Canadian Medical Association – Virtual Care
Canadian Medical Association, The College of Family Physicians, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Virtual Care in Canada: Progress and Potential
Canadian Medical Association, The College of Family Physicians, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Virtual care guide for patients.
Canadian Medical Association, The College of Family Physicians, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Virtual Care Playbook.
Canadian Medical Protective Association – Telehealth and virtual care.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Virtual care: Resources for health care workers during COVID-19.
College of Family Physicians of Canada – Virtual Care in the Patient’s Medical Home.
Doctors of BC – Virtual Care Toolkit.
Ontario MD – Virtual care is here to stay.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Telemedicine and virtual care guidelines (and other clinical resources for COVID-19).
Ethics and medical-legal resources
BC Centre for Disease Control – Ethics.
Canadian Medical Association – Framework for Ethical Decision Making During the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Canadian Medical Protective Association – COVID-19 Hub. Advice, support, and medical-legal protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hastings Center – Ethics Resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). collection of articles and reports on ethics related to COVID-19, other coronaviruses and pandemics.
National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy/ Institut national de santé publique (Québec) – Public Health Ethics and COVID-19: Selected Resources.
Patient education resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – What you should know about COVID-19 to protect yourself and others.
Government of Canada – Coronavirus infection: Symptoms and treatment, what to do if you feel sick.
Public Health Agency of Canada – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Awareness resources (fact sheets and infographics available in many languages).
Ryerson University National Institute on Ageing (NIA) – My COVID-19 Visit Risk. Understand the risks associated with your planned visit, and tips on how to make any proposed visits as safe as possible.
University of Toronto – Family and Community Medicine - Confused about COVID? Family doctors answer your questions.
Databases and pre-populated literature searches
Cochrane Library – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – evidence relevant to critical care.
Coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) – Epistemonikos foundation L·OVE database.
COVID-19 global literature on coronavirus disease – World Health Organization
COVID-19 primer – Powered by Primer (AI) – dashboard for latest research and trending news and articles.
COVID-10 Search Strings - Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
LitCovid – the US National Library of Medicine’s curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the virus.
Need more information or have a more focused clinical question on coronaviruses or any other clinical topic of interest? Contact the Ask a Librarian team to request a literature search.
This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The opinions stated by the authors are made in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Medical Association and its subsidiaries including Joule.