Two new papers

The International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care has recently published two new articles on rapid reviews:

1) Using the amstar checklist for rapid reviews: is it feasible?
Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2016 Oct 18:1-8.
Mattivi JT, Buchberger B.

Conclusions: With some adjustments, AMSTAR can be used as a checklist for rapid reviews to describe methodological restrictions in comparison to systematic reviews and to roughly estimate the validity of the results. Strikingly, only 14.3 percent of rapid reviews were published within 3 months.

2) Defining rapid reviews: a modified delphi consensus approach
Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2016 Oct 11:1-11.
Kelly SE, Moher D, Clifford TJ.

Conclusions: This study achieved consensus on ten statements describing the defining characteristics of rapid reviews based on the opinion of a panel of knowledgeable experts. Areas of disagreement were also highlighted. Findings emphasize the role of the decision maker and stress the importance of transparent reporting.

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