Evidence Aid newsletter: 14 November 2022

Below is the November newsletter from Evidence Aid, containing brief details of some of our latest summaries, information on our recent work and an insight into our social media channels. Please forward this newsletter to anyone who might be interested. If they would like to receive our newsletters directly, they should email info@evidenceaid.org.

Excerpts from recent additions to our evidence collections: click the link to get to the full summary

Apps to reduce burnout, depression and suicidality among healthcare students and professionals

This systematic review, from 2018, began with a search of the literature for articles about the mental health of healthcare students or providers and then identified a variety of relevant web-based and mobile applications that were available at that time. The authors highlighted seven tools and apps that might help healthcare programs navigate resources designed to foster wellness and mitigate mental ill-health among healthcare students and providers. (You can find the full summary for this review in our Resilient Health Systems Collection)

Risk factors for communicable disease outbreaks in complex humanitarian emergencies

The authors of this systematic review, which is from before the COVID-19 pandemic, found 26 studies of risk factor clusters for communicable disease outbreaks in complex humanitarian emergencies. The 12 clusters that they identified were poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) conditions; overcrowding; mass population displacement; nutrition; poor living conditions; insecurity; lack inadequacy of infrastructure; poor humanitarian response; environment; break down of public health services; and increased HIV-transmission. (You can find the full summary for this review in our COVID-19, Refugees and Resilient Health Systems Collections)

Preventing COVID-19 transmissions among healthcare workers

This review, done in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, showed that healthcare workers used social distancing, personal protective equipment, handwashing, screening for in-person visits and telemedicine as strategies to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The authors concluded that healthcare workers should be properly trained in cleaning and sanitation, as well as in the wearing of protective clothing and practicing hand hygiene. (You can find the full summary for this review in our COVID-19 and Resilient Health Systems Collections)

Ongoing work

  • During October, we added 6 new summaries to our Resilient Health Systems collection, taking us to more than 200 summaries in that collection which is produced in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation.
  • We are continuing to work with the World Health Organization to further develop the WHO Knowledge Hub for the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (EDRM), which was recently updated to include a chapter on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Health EDRM We are liaising with the authors of this and other chapters to prepare additional content, including podcasts, slideshows and videos of the presentation of these slideshows.
  • On 19 October, we took part in the What Works conference 2022 with a presentation by Claire Allen on ‘Communicating evidence and knowledge translation’. You can watch her presentation here.
  • Luis Gabriel Cuervo from the Pan American Health Organization participated in a session for the Health Systems Research 2022 symposium in Bogota, Colombia on 4 November 2022, and presented the Resilient Health Systems The presentation is available here.
  • We completed a report for the Florida International University on urban disaster risk reduction strategies for informal settlements, including a collection of evidence summaries and recommendations for future research. Please contact us if you would like a copy of this report.

How can we help you?

We would welcome your comments on how we can improve the Evidence Aid resources, including our evidence collections, so that these are as helpful as possible for you. Please let us know about your needs and how we might meet them.

Social media: We promote our summaries and the work of Evidence Aid generally through Twitter (@Evidence Aid), Facebook (Evidence Aid – page and group) and Instagram (evidenceaid). We hope that you will follow us and share our content, including our recent Twitter posts:




If you have suggestions for how we can improve what we do on social media or would like to help us to analyse the impact of the Evidence Aid website and our social media activities, please contact us.

The Evidence Aid team: Information about Evidence Aid staff, interns, advisors and trustees is available on our website.

Volunteers: Our volunteers provide us with a huge amount of support and contribute to searching, screening, and downloading reviews, preparing, and writing summaries, supporting our website and social media and advising on translations as well as helping out with project management. They are vital to our work, and anyone interested in joining should email info@evidenceaid.org.


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