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Knowledge Synthesis & Systematic Reviews

What is a Rapid Review?

A rapid review is conducted using a modification of the methods usd in a systematic review. Decisions about which processes to modify and how are made based on the time allotted for the completion of the review and how such modifications will affect the quality of the final product.  If systematic reviews are thought of as supplying the "correct" answer to a reasearch question based on the available research, rapid reviews provide the "good enough" answer.

The six steps to consider in rapid review searching are:

  1. Plan – Frame research question, determine inclusion and exclusion criteria for studies, create project management outline including deadlines and responsibilities, and develop protocol.
  2. Identify – Determine search terms and databases to search, retrieve studies and document findings.
  3. Evaluate – Screen, select, sort, and appraise studies.
  4. Collect & Code – Determine forms, code selected studies, and synthesize data extracted.
  5. Explain – Analyze findings and put them into context.
  6. Summarize – Write up the report.

Recommended Resources


Grant, M. & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91-108. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x