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May 2020 - Volume 18 - Issue 5

  • Edoardo Aromataris, PhD
  • 2689-8381
  • Monthly

We are pleased to present the latest issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis. In this issue of JBI Evidence Synthesis, our introductory editorial asks: How do we apply evidence-based health care during a global pandemic when evidence is absent, incomplete, or inconclusive? The authors suggest that the current circumstances require a nuanced approach to EBHC. Every country is facing its own unique challenges when it comes to infection prevention and control. Health professionals must balance clinical expertise, patient preferences, and existing evidence in order to provide the best possible patient care in times of crisis. See links to other COVID-19 content by JBI and others below. Additionally, this month, three scoping reviews explore various aspects of education in health care, including the use of digital technology for occupational therapy and physiotherapy students, approaches to gross anatomy education for physiotherapy students, and non-formal patient handover learning programs for health care professionals. A review of qualitative evidence presents nursing students' experiences with clinical placement in residential aged care facilities. You'll find a list of issue highlights below, as well as the full table of contents here.

-Edoardo Aromataris, PhD

As communities around the world continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19, JBI is proud to support health professionals and health organizations by providing free access to evidence-based resources that focus on infection prevention and control, as well as mental health and well-being. JBI Evidence Synthesis has curated a special collection of systematic reviews that cover issues ranging from hand hygiene and moral decision making to fatigue and grief. Additionally, the JBI COVID-19 Special Collection, which is updated regularly and aligns with WHO guidance, includes topical JBI Evidence Summaries and JBI Recommended Practices to help clinicians put evidence into practice. Posters with step-by-step instructions for hand rubbing and hand washing are also available.


The Joanna Briggs Institute. Recommended Practice. Basic Hand Hygiene: Health Professionals. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2020; JBI2421. Copyright © 2020 The Joanna Briggs Institute licensed for use by the corporate member during the term of membership.

Finally, JBI has recently a joined a diverse group of international partners from the evidence synthesis, technology assessment and guideline-development sectors in a new initiative: COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END). This initiative is designed to help decision makers find and use the best available evidence and also to help researchers and reviewers readily identify current COVID-19 projects and useful resources in an effort to reduce duplication and facilitate production of high-quality reviews.