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Advances in Rapid Reviews

Edited by: Dr. Holger Schünemann

A thematic series published in Systematic Reviews.

Systematic reviews are known for their rigorous methods to ensure that all of the best available evidence is included, a process which can take years to complete. However, it is becoming increasingly recognized that the timely production of systematic reviews is necessary in some settings, such as to inform healthcare decisions or policies.

This collection covers recent advancements in methods, including full rapid review research articles and methodologies, as well as particular developments to facilitate the timely production of systematic reviews.

  1. Rapid review (RR) products are inherently appealing as they are intended to be less time-consuming and resource-intensive than traditional systematic reviews (SRs); however, there is concern about the rigor of...

    Authors: Robin M Featherstone, Donna M Dryden, Michelle Foisy, Jeanne-Marie Guise, Matthew D Mitchell, Robin A Paynter, Karen A Robinson, Craig A Umscheid and Lisa Hartling
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:50
  2. Health care decision makers often need to make decisions in limited timeframes and cannot await the completion of a full evidence review. Rapid reviews (RRs), utilizing streamlined systematic review methods, a...

    Authors: Julie Polisena, Chantelle Garritty, Chris Kamel, Adrienne Stevens and Ahmed M Abou-Setta
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:26
  3. There is currently no mechanism in place outside of government to provide rapid syntheses of the best available research evidence about problems, options and/or implementation considerations related to a speci...

    Authors: Michael G Wilson, John N Lavis and Francois-Pierre Gauvin
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:25
  4. The aim of this rapid knowledge synthesis was to provide relevant research evidence to inform the implementation of a new health service in Nova Scotia, Canada: Collaborative Emergency Centres (CECs). CECs pro...

    Authors: Jill A Hayden, Lara Killian, Austin Zygmunt, Jessica Babineau, Ruth Martin-Misener, Jan L Jensen and Alix J Carter
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:7
  5. A major problem arising from searching across bibliographic databases is the retrieval of duplicate citations. Removing such duplicates is an essential task to ensure systematic reviewers do not waste time scr...

    Authors: John Rathbone, Matt Carter, Tammy Hoffmann and Paul Glasziou
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:6
  6. The large and growing number of published studies, and their increasing rate of publication, makes the task of identifying relevant studies in an unbiased way for inclusion in systematic reviews both complex a...

    Authors: Alison O’Mara-Eves, James Thomas, John McNaught, Makoto Miwa and Sophia Ananiadou
    Citation: Systematic Reviews 2015 4:5

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Systematic Reviews 2015 4:59