Year 2021
October 2021


Abstract Title
One Year on: An Overview of Singapore’s Response to COVID-19 – What We Did, How We Fared, How We Can Move Forward



MOH Holdings Pte Ltd (MOHH)1, Nanyang Technological University2, NHG Polyclinics3

Background & Hypothesis

One year has passed since the first COVID-19 case in Singapore. This scoping review commemorates Singapore researchers that have expanded knowledge on this novel virus. We aim to provide an overview of healthcare-related articles published in peer-reviewed journals, authored by the Singapore research community about COVID-19 during the first year of the pandemic.


This was reported using PRISMA Extension for Scoping Reviews (PRISMA-ScR) protocol. It included healthcare-related articles about COVID-19 published between 23rd January 2020 to 22nd January 2021 with a Singapore-affiliated author. MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Google Scholar, and local journals were searched. The articles were screened independently by two reviewers.


The review included 504 articles. Most articles narrated changes made to hospital practice (n=210), while articles on COVID-19 Pathology (n=94) formed the majority of non-narrative papers. Publications on public health (n=61) and indirect impacts to clinical outcomes (n=45) were other major themes explored by the research community. The remaining articles detailed the psychological impact of the pandemic (n=35), adaptations of medical education (n=30), narratives of events (n=14), and 15 miscellaneous articles. Articles were further sub-categorised and further collectively analysed for common themes in each category.

Discussion & Conclusion

Local publications covered a wide range of themes, from issues directly relating to the pandemic to adaptations for a post-pandemic future. Amidst a resurgence of community cases involving variant COVID-19 strains, resources from the research community will provide valuable guidance to navigate a fine balance of the nation’s struggle to protect our livelihoods.