The rise of rapid reviews? Growth compared with systematic reviews

A simple experiment, searching PubMed for mentions of rapid reviews over time and doing a similar thing with systematic reviews. For my own sake I lumped (technical term) some earlier dates to give the following results for rapid reviews: 1980-89 – 10 1990-1999 – 25 2000-2004 – 32 2005-2009 – 31 2010 – 10 2011 – 14 2012 – 11 2013 – 18 2014 – … Continue reading The rise of rapid reviews? Growth compared with systematic reviews

Restricting the databases (or language) for a search

More a rapid review than a systematic review!  Below is a list of articles that have mainly explored the effects of restricting the database used in a search.  At the bottom there are a smaller number of articles that have explored the impact of restricting the articles used to English-language. Database restrictions The comprehensiveness of Medline and Embase computer searches. Kleijnen J et al. Pharm … Continue reading Restricting the databases (or language) for a search

Rapid versus systematic reviews

This review links to two articles published on the Trip Databases ‘Liberating the literature’ blog.  Conflict of Interest – I wrote both of them.  The first article was published in April 2012 and was a list of articles that compared rapid versus systematic methods.  The second article (published shortly afterwards) was a list of lessons learned, which I reproduce below: Lesson 1: The notion of … Continue reading Rapid versus systematic reviews