National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases / Centre de collaboration nationale des maladies infectieuses

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Since the beginning of the H1N1 pandemic, a large volume of pandemic H1N1 literature has been produced at an unprecedented rate. In order to provide timely pH1N1 information to frontline public health practitioners during the pandemic, NCCID began to summarize and make new pH1N1 research findings accessible in its weekly newsletter – the Purple Paper. While the Purple Paper fulfilled some of the urgent information needs at the time, coherent reporting and assessment of these new research findings might not have been possible. NCCID has therefore embarked on a series of pH1N1 Evidence Reviews to:

•    Critically assess and consolidate pH1N1 research findings from published literature
•    Contextualize new pH1N1 research findings for the Canadian setting
•    Review, and compare and contrast response efforts and policies implemented in Canada and other countries (e.g. the USA, Mexico, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand).

The NCCID pH1N1 Evidence Review series covers a wide range of topics in both human and animal public health. Check the “Publications” section of our website to find the latest publication.

Understanding that there is a wealth of experiential knowledge related to the Canadian pandemic response that may not be accessible in published literature, NCCID is in the process of interviewing local public health authorities about their challenges and successes during their pandemic response. This series of experiential review of practice will provide the Canadian context to the information gleaned for each topic area of the Evidence Reviews.