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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please complete the MUHC Libraries’ Work Plan for a Rapid Review of the Literature prior to the first team meeting.