There is no one definition of a “rapid review”

There is no universally accepted definition of a rapid review. Although there are several resources created by groups describing their rapid review programs and delineated approaches on ‘how to’ conduct one, there is no agreed-upon definition. 

“Rapid review” is an umbrella term for an evidence synthesis approach that researchers employ to simplify or omit steps in a standard systematic review to accelerate the review process. The extent to which these shortcuts are taken will determine the level of trust that decision-makers have in the final conclusions.

In this course, we’ll walk you through the pros and cons of some typical shortcuts, so you can make your own decisions.

But first, let’s talk about ways to increase the speed of a systematic review without compromising quality.