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Systematic Reviews: Rapid Reviews

What is a Rapid Review

We recommend the following definition: “A rapid review is a form of knowledge synthesis that accelerates the process of conducting a traditional systematic review through streamlining or omitting specific methods to produce evidence for stakeholders in a resource-efficient manner.” 

Source: Cochrane Rapid Review Definition

Cochrane Rapid Review Guidelines

 

Are you conducting a rapid review? If so click on the image below for a step by step guide from Cochrane.

 

Sample Search Strategy Ovid Medline

Sample Search Strategy for the Rapid Review: International travelrelated control measures to contain the COVID19 pandemic: a rapid review

Burns, J., Movsisyan, A., Stratil, J.M., Biallas, R.L., Coenen, M., Emmert-Fees, K.M.F., Geffert, K., Hoffmann, S., Horstick, O., Laxy, M. and et al. (2021) 'International travelrelated control measures to contain the COVID19 pandemic: a rapid review', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (3), available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013717.pub2.

Database: Ovid MEDLINE(R) and Epub Ahead of Print, InProcess & Other NonIndexed Citations, Daily and Versions(R) 1946 to June 25, 2020

Date search conducted: June 26, 2020

Strategy:

1 exp Coronavirus/ (18064)

2 Coronavirus Infections/ (12378)

3 COVID19.rs. (7963)

4 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.os. (6648)

5 (2019 nCoV or 2019nCoV or 2019novel CoV).ti,ab,kf. (891)

6 (Coronavir* or corona virus* or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome* or MERS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome* or SARS*).ti,ab,kf. (35015)

7 COVID 19.mp. (25238)

8 (COVID19 or COVID 2019).ti,ab,kf. (437)

9 (nCov 2019 or nCov 19).ti,ab,kf. (55)

10 or/19 [Set 1: Coronaviruses] (51693)

11 Air Travel/ (366)

12 Travel/ (24964)

13 (border? adj3 (clos* or restrict* or control* or measure?)).ab,kf. (1046)

14 ((isolat* or quarantin*) adj6 (exposed or suspected or travel* or airport? or border?)).ti,ab,kf. (7939)

15 ((mobility or movement*) adj2 (reduc* or restrict*)).ti,ab,kf. (9614)

16 (travel* or border?).ti. (26180)

17 (travel adj4 (measure? or intervention? or NPI?)).ab,kf. (424)

18 (travel* adj3 (restrict* or reduc* or control* or limit* or lockdown? or ban*)).ab,kf. (1545)

19 ((questionnaire* or screen* or surveil*) adj4 (traveller? or entr* or exit or border? or airport?)).ti,ab,kf. (1840)

20 visa?.ti,ab,kf. (2086)

21 or/1120 [Set 2: Travel measures] (64508)

22 and/10,21 [Sets 1 & 2] (945)

23 limit 22 to "humans only (removes records about animals)" (925)

24 remove duplicates from 23 (916)

Some Examples of Rapid Reviews

1. Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group offers evidence-informed guidance to conduct rapid reviews

Garritty, C., Gartlehner, G., Nussbaumer-Streit, B., King, V.J., Hamel, C., Kamel, C., Affengruber, L. and Stevens, A. (2021) 'Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group offers evidence-informed guidance to conduct rapid reviews', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 130, 13-22, available: http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.10.007.

2. International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic: a rapid review

Burns, J., Movsisyan, A., Stratil, J.M., Biallas, R.L., Coenen, M., Emmert-Fees, K.M.F., Geffert, K., Hoffmann, S., Horstick, O., Laxy, M. and et al. (2021) 'International travel‐related control measures to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic: a rapid review', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (3), available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013717.pub2.

 

3. Oxygen targets in the intensive care unit during mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory distress syndrome: a rapid review

Cumpstey, A.F., Oldman, A.H., Smith, A.F., Martin, D. and Grocott, M.P.W. (2020) 'Oxygen targets in the intensive care unit during mechanical ventilation for acute respiratory distress syndrome: a rapid review', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (9), available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD013708.