Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Priority III Question 13


How best can a definition of ‘rapid reviews’ be agreed?

  • “How do you define rapid?  Is it related to the time taken to undertake the review – and in which case when does a rapid review become ‘not rapid’ or is it about using a slimmed down set of methods? If a review is undertaken quickly but without compromising methods, is it still ‘rapid’?”
  • “What is the definition of a rapid review? Does the term need to reflect a compromise in methodological rigour or is it only about the speed of conduct?”
  • “It would help to define what one means by a rapid review, as it can mean different things to different people”