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.