You would think a time when we needed to be able to “follow the science” would have been systematic evidence’s shining hour. Yet we’ve seen it called things like “Evidence-Based Medicine's nemesis”, and people arguing the approach is now obsolete and needs re-defining. From the pre-existing systematic review base that guided initial decisions about travel restrictions, masks, and school closure, to systematic and living systematic reviews on the run, and the influence of systematic review proponents and our evidence interpretation norms – What’s gone wrong? What’s gone right? And what now?
As well as watching the recording below, you can read Hilda's blog. She recaps the points she made in the talk and addresses some of the questions that came up afterwards: Systematic Evidence and the Covid-19 Stress Test: Pass Or Fail?