To understand rapid reviews, you should have a basic understanding of what a systematic review is and how it’s used to combine and analyze information.
To put it briefly – systematic reviews answer a research question, not by conducting new studies on patients, but by carefully collecting and synthesizing all of the existing studies about that question.
Depending on the complexity of the question and scope of the literature, a well-done systematic review can take up to 1-2 years to complete and usually requires a budget of at least $100,000. So, the process takes a while, and it can be expensive.
If you need more background on systematic reviews, go back to our intro course for a refresher.
Now, let’s talk about rapid reviews.