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.