Rapid Review

A rapid review simplifies and streamlines the systematic review process, delivering a smaller set of highly relevant results in a timely manner. A systematic review is an extensive project, searching multiple databases as well as grey literature; by contrast, searches in support of rapid reviews:

  • include only a few bibliographic databases (usually Medline, Embase, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library, depending on the topic.)
  • limit search results by date and language, and
  • limit results to systematic reviews, meta-analyses and randomized controlled trials (other types of studies may be considered for non-therapy-focused questions).

In collaboration with the MUHC Nursing Research department, MUHC Librarians have launched a Rapid Review Service to assist nurses developing or updating protocols selected by the Clinical Practice Review Committee.

MUHC Librarians:

  • conduct the literature search in appropriate databases, and
  • screen and select the most relevant results.

A Nursing Research Evidence Informed Decision Making (EIDM) advisor:

  • critically appraises the included studies,
  • assesses the state of the evidence on the topic, and
  • delivers a report summarizing the evidence on the topic.

To request support for your Rapid Review, contact the Chair of the Clinical Practice Review Committee (cprc@muhc.mcgill.ca). Please complete the MUHC Libraries’ Work Plan for a Rapid Review of the Literature prior to the first team meeting.

Several rapid reviews have been completed by the Clinical Practice Review Committee since the service was launched in 2015:

Castiglione SA & Landry, T. What evidence exists that describes whether the use of cryotherapy (cold therapy) is effective for improving adult patient outcomes following total knee arthroplasty? McGill University Health Centre; December 2017.

Castiglione SA & Ekmekjian, T. What evidence exists that describes whether manual double checks should be performed independently or synchronously to decrease the risk of medication administration error? McGill University Health Centre; August 2017.

Castiglione SA & Amar-Zifkin, A. What evidence exists that describes nursing monitoring for leech therapy in adult inpatients? McGill University Health Centre; September 2016.

Castiglione, S.A. & Amar-Zifkin, A. What evidence exists that describes methods for ongoing verification of nasogastric tube placement in adult inpatients? McGill University Health Centre; August 2016.

Castiglione SA & Landry, T. What is the evidence describing the effectiveness of weaning techniques for tracheostomy decannulation in adult inpatients? Rapid Review Evidence Summary. McGill University Health Centre; February 2016.

Castiglione SA & Landry, T. What evidence exists that describes the safe application of heat therapy in a healthcare context? Rapid Review Evidence Summary. McGill University Health Centre; February 2016.

Castiglione SA & Guadagno, E. What evidence exists that describes the impact of continuous monitoring on patient safety on non-critical pediatric inpatient units? Rapid Review Evidence Summary. McGill University Health Centre; January 2016.

Castiglione SA & Landry T. What evidence exists that describes whether the Trendelenburg and/or modified Trendelenburg positions are effective for the management of hospitalized patients with hypertension? Rapid Review Evidence Summary. McGill University Health Centre; October 2015.

Castiglione SA & Landry T. What evidence exists that describes the efficacy of mechanical prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adult surgical patients? Rapid Review Evidence Summary. McGill University Health Centre; July 2015.

Castiglione SA & Nauche B. What evidence exists that describes what adult patients can drink up to 2 hours before their scheduled surgery and is shown to be safe and prevent complications? Rapid Review Evidence Summary. McGill University Health Centre; December 2014.