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Workshop D-06
Wednesday, 19/June/2019:
9:00am - 10:15am

Location: Room 035

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ID: 172 / Workshop D-06: 1
Workshop session
Topics: Evidence-Based Practice
Keywords: rapid reviews, systematic literature searching

Same quality, less time? Search methods for rapid reviews (2 x 75 min)

Irma Klerings1, Mala Mann2, Becky Skidmore3, Claire Stansfield4

1Danube University Krems, Austria; 2Cardiff University, UK; 3Independent information specialist, Canada; 4EPPI-Centre, University College London, UK

To meet the time-sensitive needs of decision makers, rapid reviews have become a pragmatic alternative to systematic reviews (SRs). They are accelerated knowledge syntheses that provide results in a shorter timeframe (within a few days to a few months) through streamlining certain methodological aspects of SRs, including the literature search. Rapid review searches might adjust traditional SR search processes, e.g., by reducing the number of resources searched, omitting grey literature searches, limiting searches by date, language or publication type, or limiting full-text acquisition to resources immediately available. Other possibilities include utilising existing systematic reviews, or focussing on traditionally “supplementary” approaches such as forward-, backward- or related-citation searching. However, while there are many possible ways of streamlining the search process, there is little practical guidance on acceptable methods.

Since the methodology of rapid reviewing is still evolving, we can provide no definitive best practice. Rather, the goal of this workshop to provide a basis for discussion and knowledge exchange. The objectives are:

  1. Providing an overview of the spectrum of rapid reviews, with emphasis on search methods as well as practical examples of rapid review search processes.
  2. Exchanging approaches and resources for different types of reviews and topics.
  3. Considering useful steps towards methodological standards for rapid review searching.

The workshop will have a three-part structure:

  1. A short overview of the spectrum of rapid reviews, possible search approaches, and current search guidance.
  2. An exercise where participants plan a rapid review search and appraise the advantages and disadvantages of different search methods.
  3. Discussion on issues such as: What makes a rapid search fit for purpose? What are the differences to systematic review searching, and communication with reviewers and clients? What guidance would be useful? What approaches, resources, and automation tools are used among the participants?

Learning outcomes : By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to: Describe how a systematic review differs from a rapid review; Understand different rapid review search approaches and apply these to various type of questions; Analyze necessary components that maybe shortened in a rapid review search; Appraise the advantages and disadvantages of a specific search approach for a particular topic; Consider the steps needed towards methodological standards for rapid review searching..

Type of interactivity : There will be a mixture of presentations, discussion and practical activity. Interactive elements include a practical exercise in small groups (planning a rapid review search), and a Knowledge Café-type discussion of issues related to rapid review searching.

Level : Intermediate

Target audience : Librarians and information specialists who are familiar with systematic literature searching and interested in rapid review methods.

Preparation for the session : No

Biography and Bibliography
Irma Klerings works as an information specialist for Danube University Krems (Austria), Cochrane Austria, and Cochrane Public Health Europe. She specializes in search strategy development for systematic and rapid reviews and teaching systematic search methods.

Mala Mann is a Systematic Reviewer based at Cardiff University. She is involved in all aspects of systematic reviewing and teaching on a number of internal and external programmes. Mala is also involved in producing rapid reviews for Palliative Care Evidence Review Service.

Becky Skidmore is an independent information specialist in Ottawa, Canada. Her specialties are systematic and rapid reviews, database management, and user training. She works with review teams inside and outside Canada, including the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group.

Claire Stansfield is an information specialist and researcher at the EPPI-Centre, University College London. She applies and researches systematic literature searching methods for reviews that inform public policy, and supports systematic review research teams.
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