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The Division of Health Services in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health was commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs to conduct a systematic literature search with categorization of empirical research about welfare, equality, social conditions, and quality of life.
We conducted a systematic review (of the format ‘systematic literature search with categorisation’). In March 2021, we searched in databases and in grey literature for studies from Scandinavian countries, published 2020-2021. One reviewers screened all retrieved records and assessed relevance relative to the inclusion criteria. The main inclusion criterion was that the publication regarded consequences of Covid-19 on welfare, equality, social conditions or quality of life. We extracted data and categorised studies based on the study abstracts.
We assessed 1864 references. We included 81 studies: 39 from Norway, 21 from Sweden and 12 from Denmark (9 were from several countries). More than half of the studies (59%) were cross-sectional studies and a fourth concerned youth. The study topics varied considerably, with welfare topics like equality, mental health, and immigrants’ and other minority groups’ vulnerability during the pandemic.
In this systematic literature search with categorization we have not read the publications in full text and hence not critically evaluated the studies. We have only categorized the studies by type, based on the abstracts.