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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. Methodology

    Advancing knowledge of rapid reviews: an analysis of results, conclusions and recommendations from published review articles examining rapid reviews

    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...

    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

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:50

    Published on: 17 April 2015

  2. Research

    Rapid review programs to support health care and policy decision making: a descriptive analysis of processes and methods

    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...

    Julie Polisena, Chantelle Garritty, Chris Kamel, Adrienne Stevens and Ahmed M Abou-Setta

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:26

    Published on: 14 March 2015

  3. Methodology

    Methods of a multi-faceted rapid knowledge synthesis project to inform the implementation of a new health service model: Collaborative Emergency Centres

    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...

    Jill A Hayden, Lara Killian, Austin Zygmunt, Jessica Babineau, Ruth Martin-Misener, Jan L Jensen and Alix J Carter

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:7

    Published on: 14 January 2015

  4. Research

    Using text mining for study identification in systematic reviews: a systematic review of current approaches

    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...

    Alison O’Mara-Eves, James Thomas, John McNaught, Makoto Miwa and Sophia Ananiadou

    Systematic Reviews 2015 4:5

    Published on: 14 January 2015

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