Our search strategy: Unpublished literature

McMaster University

We systematically search the unpublished literature using a comprehensive approach to identify relevant resources on infection prevention, management and control of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for allied and health professionals. This search protocol is guided by key facets of EVD information thought to be most frequently sought or requested by community organizations, health care facilities and partner agencies. 

The following key professionals were identified as part of the target audience:

  • Outpatient and ambulatory care professionals
  • Dental care professionals
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals
  • Environmental cleaning professionals
  • Firefighters
  • Funeral home professionals
  • Health care professionals
  • Home and community care professionals
  • Laboratory professionals
  • Pharmacy professionals
  • Police
  • Public health professionals
  • Social work professionals
  • Waste management professionals
  • Airplane and airport personnel

Searches for new content are conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure new resources are identified. As our search is an iterative process, we welcome suggestions for content and sources that may not be included in the lists below. Please contact info@outbreakhelp.ca to submit any suggestions or requests. We thank you for your input.

Inclusion criteria

Resources are identified as relevant and added to the website if they include information on EVD that is relevant to the target audience. The following key facets are used to guide the searching of relevant resources:

  • Diagnosis and management
    • Assessment of individuals exposed to EVD
    • Clinical management of patients
    • Lab testing, collection and transport
    • Public health case management
  • Disease information
    • Incubation period
    • Mode of transmission
    • Period of communicability
    • Reservoir of infection
    • Risk of exposure
    • Signs and symptoms
  • Emergency management
  • Environmental cleaning
    • Setting: airlines
    • Setting: ambulances
    • Setting: community
    • Setting: health care
  • Infection prevention and control measures
    • Administrative and environmental controls
    • Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of medical equipment
    • Hand hygiene
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Occupational health
  • Post-mortem care
  • Prevention
    • Travellers to affected areas
    • Vaccine trials
  • Psychosocial considerations
  • Surveillance and monitoring
    • Epidemiological information
    • Identification and monitoring of contacts to EVD
    • Identification and monitoring of returned travellers
  • Transportation
    • Patient transport
  • Waste management

Sources: Identification and searching

Relevant websites are systematically searched for all information pertaining to EVD. Websites are identified by exploring resources from government and non-government organizations, as well as searching relevant repositories of health information. Websites included in the search range from national, provincial and territorial Canadian organizations and agencies, to international organizations. This ensures the collection of a wide range of information that can be applied to a variety of North American locations and contexts.