Getting the research question right

Before you jump into methods that will speed up your review, start by developing a specific, focused research question. 

Whether you’re conducting a systematic review or a rapid review, a well-defined research question is a key part of staying on schedule. 

Systematic reviews benefit from specific questions because they help researchers gather the right type of evidence and avoid gathering unnecessary information. 

Rapid reviews go one step further and tend to prioritize a manageable question with only a few key outcomes. Getting the question right will be the first step to ensuring you can address evidence needs of decision-makers in the timeframe available.

For more information, check out our course on “How to develop your research question.”