An introduction to rapid reviews: Developing timely evidence summaries for decision makers (A Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group Workshop)


Workshop session 4: Thursday, 11:00-12:30

Workshop category: 

  • Methods for conducting syntheses (including different evidence, searching and information retrieval, statistics, assessing methodological quality)


Date and Location


Thursday 14 September 2017 - 11:00 to 12:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Chantelle Garritty
Valerie King
Gerald Gartlehner
Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit
Adrienne Stevens


Target audience

Target audience: 

Individuals with an interest in generating or understanding evidence from rapid reviews. The session is appropriate for those with a limited understanding in rapid review methodology.

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Objectives: Rapid reviews (RRs) are increasingly employed as a research-synthesis tool to support timely evidence-informed decision making. This introductory workshop offered by the Cochrane RRMG aims: 1) to introduce the concept of RRs as differentiated from traditional systematic reviews (SRs); 2) to impart an understanding of the utility of RRs as an evidence synthesis product, including their use in guideline recommendations and policy development; 3) to give an introductory overview of methodological approaches to RRs based upon streamlined Cochrane gold standard SR methodology; 4) to discuss challenges RRs present; and, 5) to inform participants about ongoing RR initiatives.

Description: This session will be a mix of presentations, and a small-group exercise. Specifically, attendees will do an exercise in which they will be asked to assess and discuss the attributes of a sampling of RRs produced by different organisations in order to emphasise the spectrum of possible approaches to RR conduct versus a one-size fits all approach. Potential technical issues related to RRs as well as logistical considerations, report layout and customisation, transparency, and involvement of decision-makers in the process will be discussed. Importantly, this session will emphasise the need to assess appropriateness in undertaking a RR while underscoring the importance of managing scope through various stages of the RR process.