Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first identified in December 2019. In response to the evolving pandemic, the international research evidence base is rapidly expanding. HIQA’s evidence summaries are undertaken at the request of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and or its subgroups or its Expert Advisory Group to inform national strategic decision-making.  Reviews of international public health measures have been produced to support the Health Protection Surveillance Centre’s work on producing public health and infection prevention and control guidance. This work by HIQA helps ensure rapid access to the best available evidence relevant to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak to inform decision-making at each stage of the pandemic.

In this section you will find a range of evidence-based reports to inform decision-making, health service planning and policy formation. At the request of NPHET groups, a number of these reports continue to be updated on a regular basis to reflect the latest developments related to COVID-19.

Health Technology Assessment

Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) of interventions in the context of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Rapid health technology assessments

Rapid health technology assessments to support the work of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) in the response to COVID-19.

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Health technology assessment scoping reports

Health technology assessment scoping reports to support the work of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) in the response to COVID-19.


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Evidence Summaries

Evidence summaries to address key COVID-19-related public health, clinical and healthcare practice questions in response to requests from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and its associated groups.

Care pathway evidence summaries

Care pathway evidence summaries to support the work of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) and its associated groups.

Public health guidance

Information on COVID-19-related public health guidance produced by international organisations to support the development of national public health recommendations based on the best available evidence.

Rapid reviews of public health guidance

Rapid reviews to identify, review and present COVID-19-related public health guidance produced by international organisations.

Click here to access the protocol for the rapid reviews of public health guidance.

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Public health guidance database

A resource updated daily with links to websites of organisations that produce or synthesize public health guidance related to COVID-19.

Click here to access the protocol for the public health guidance database.

Click here to access the public health guidance database.

Review of restrictive public policy measures

A rapid review of international public policy responses to easing restrictions introduced to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to access the protocol for the review of easing restrictive public policy measures.

Click here to access the review of easing restrictive public policy measures.

Excess mortality analysis

Analysis of excess mortality in the context of COVID-19

Click here to access the analysis of excess all cause-mortality in Ireland during the COVID-19 epidemic