While systematic reviews have typically been considered the ‘gold standard’ for health research, they are typically much more cost, time and resource intensive. Increasingly, ‘Rapid Reviews’ are being utilized for scoping a number of topics to support evidence-based policy and practice decisions. Since Rapid Reviews are less methodologically rigorous than a systematic review, they provide an alternative for time and cost-sensitive projects. Although the methods of conducting a Rapid Review are highly variable typically the following steps are involved:
Due to these differences, Rapid Reviews may be more susceptible to a variety of biases, including: selection bias, publication bias, and language bias. These limitations should be clearly defined so that the reader is able to interpret and apply the evidence appropriately to any decision-making.
Other types of evidence reviews include:
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