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Rapid Reviews

What is a Rapid Review

A rapid review is conducted as an alternative to a systematic review, a rapid review follows the same methods and protocols as a systematic review, although components can be simplified and can be omitted if required.  The timeframe for conducting a rapid review is considerably less than a systematic review.


Search is not as comprehensive

There may only be one reviewer.

Possible non-blinded appraisal and selection

Limited/cautious interpretation of the findings

Limitations and potential biases when omitting components of the review process.

Can impact policy and practice but systematic reviews are still needed.   

(Source: Cochrane: Rapid Reviews-An Introduction (2014))

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