As part of updating the Trip Database I noticed the AHRQ have a new category ‘Rapid Evidence Product’ which currently has two entries:
- Patient Navigation Models for Lung Cancer (Dec 2018)
- Addressing Social Isolation To Improve the Health of Older Adults: A Rapid Review (Feb 2019)
To whet your appetite this is how the method appears in the abstract of the latter review:
Methods. We used rapid review methods to evaluate recent research. We systematically searched Ovid/Medline®, PsycInfo®, and CINAHL® from 2013 to 2018 for systematic reviews and from 2016 to 2018 for primary studies. We used predetermined criteria to select primary studies from systematic reviews published in 2018, in addition to the primary study search. We extracted study-level data, conducted quality assessments, and synthesized results.
For AHRQ to enter in to the rapid world feels important, they clearly see, in some situations, the benefits. For me its another nail in the coffin of the ‘everything by systematic review’ dogma.