Retrospective Comparison

    A Retrospective Comparison of Systematic Reviews with Same-Topic Rapid Reviews

    Reynen E, Robson R, Ivory J, Hwee J, Straus SE, Pham B, Tricco AC. A retrospective comparison of systematic reviews with same-topic rapid reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018 Apr;96:23-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.12.001.




    Bottom Line:

    • Systematic reviews and rapid reviews reported similar conclusions, but rapid reviews tend to use abbreviated methods, provide less detail and fewer considerations
    • Challenging to discern methodological differences because of retrospective assessment and substantial non-reporting, particularly for rapid reviews


    • Highlighted that a prospective design comparing rapid reviews and systematic reviews is the more appropriate approach for addressing questions regarding a rapid review’s validity, efficiency, and general suitability as an alternative to a systematic review

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    This work was supported by an Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science Early Researcher Award that was awarded to ACT. SES is funded by a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation. ACT is funded by a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Synthesis.

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    Date : 07 May 2018