Summary

Thank you for taking this course on rapid reviews!

Let’s summarize the main lessons from this course…

  • Rapid review has emerged as an approach to evaluate evidence for stakeholders who needed to make quick decisions and can’t wait for the results of a standard systematic review.
  • The term “rapid review” describes an approach rather than a single trade-off or method. All rapid reviews streamline the standard systematic review process, but they do so in different ways, depending on the specific needs of stakeholders, and the availability of time/resources.
  • However, there is no free lunch. If you do choose to use rapid review methods, consider your shortcuts carefully, keeping in mind how they might affect the robustness, accuracy, and integrity of your final conclusions. 
  • When possible, it’s best to speed-up a standard systematic review using additional resources and/or technology.