COVID-19 epidemic poses increased risks to vulnerable social groups due to obstacles in communication, possible limited resources and complicated life conditions. The literature on management and communication during COVID-19 epidemic is growing that facilitates sharing experience and approaches, but it becomes difficult to navigate over the increasing number of publications. To facilitate the access to key publications, I performed a systematic search in PubMed and Google, and manually explored the obtained documents to select and classify the available literature.
Vulnerable social groups were defined as children, persons with low health literacy, international migrant workers, international students, persons in assisted living and nursing homes, persons with intellectual or sensorial disabilities, refugees, undocumented migrants, homeless people, prisoners. Only public health management and communication, but not clinical aspects of management were summarized.
 "Communication on COVID-19 – measures to prevent a second wave of epidemic" https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/ea9jm
What it does
The current results of the systematic search on vulnerable groups management and communication revealed the total 33 publications and 11 web-resources.
The collection of available literature in a single source with classification by the publication type allows to provide a rapid overview of published evidence to the stakeholders. The current review reveals lack of practice guidelines and shortage of extended articles which could provide reliable information in the compact form, and facilitate provision of care to vulnerable groups. Further efforts should be done to produce these guidelines or adopt previous guidelines to the COVID-19 epidemic.
How I built it
Systematic review in PubMed and Google, please see manuscript https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/mn7rd for more details on search strategy.
Challenges I ran into
- Some important resources are not indexed in PubMed and are not among top Google search results.
- Increasing amount of literature that require more resources and time to revew.
- The current review reveals lack of practice guidelines and shortage of extended articles which could provide reliable information in the compact form, and facilitate provision of care to vulnerable groups.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
The initial version of the manuscript is already prepared https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/mn7rd
What's next for Vulnerable groups’ communication during COVID-19 epidemic
Update the systematic review and submit it for the publication.