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Rapid Reviews

Appraisal for rapid reviews

The appraisal stage for rapid reviews is often amended to save time.

Different methods used for appraisal include having:

  • two independent appraisers
  • one appraiser and one person to verify findings
  • one appraiser only

Some papers also report on completing appraisal but not identifying the number of appraisers and others do not conduct an appraisal or do not report on whether an appraisal was completed.

Appraise critically

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine offers some simple advice for starting the process of critical appraisal:

"Critical appraisal is the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers in order to establish:

  1. Does this study address a clearly focused question?
  2. Did the study use valid methods to address this question?
  3. Are the valid results of this study important?
  4. Are these valid, important results applicable to my patient or population?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, you can save yourself the trouble of reading the rest of it."

There are more tools for critical appraisal on the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice website.

Critical appraisal resources

Critical appraisal tools

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