A Scoping Review of the Experience of Implementing Population Testing for SARS-CoV-2 [article]

Clare R Foster, Fiona Campbell, Lindsay Blank, Anna Cantrell, Michelle Black, Andrew C K Lee
2021 medRxiv   pre-print
AbstractBackgroundThe SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led to the swift introduction of population testing programmes in many countries across the world, using testing modalities such as drive-through, walk-through, mobile and home visiting programmes. Here, we provide an overview of the literature describing the experience of implementing population testing for SARS-CoV-2.MethodsWe conducted a scoping review using Embase, Medline and the Cochrane Library in addition to a grey literature search. We
more » ... ure search. We identified indicators relevant to process, quality and resource outcomes related to each testing modality.Results2,999 titles were identified from the academic literature and the grey literature search, of which 22 were relevant. Most studies were from the USA and the Republic of Korea. Drive-through testing centres were the most common testing modality evaluated and these provided a rapid method of testing whilst minimising resource use.ConclusionsThe evidence base for population testing lacks high quality studies, however, the literature provides evaluations of the advantages and limitations of different testing modalities. There is a need for robust evidence in this area to ensure that testing is deployed in a safe and effective manner in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
doi:10.1101/2021.01.11.21249571 fatcat:icavm7j34navpf56zd5cnlhgke