Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Priority III Question 11


How broad or focused should the scope of a research question for a rapid review be?

  • “Smaller focused questions are a good idea”
  • “I think answering a focussed question is the key to reducing the scope of a systematic review”
  • “Questions should not become so narrow that they miss the real question or become uninformative”
  • “Small question can become too simplistic. It can fail to include the wider determinants of a health behaviour or condition, which may be critical in implementation of a practice”