Methods and processes for the production of Cochrane Rapid Reviews

Session Type
Rapid reviews and other rapid evidence products
Wang L1, Chen Y2
1School of Public Health, Lanzhou University, China
2Evidence-based Medicine Center,School of Basic Medical Sciences,Lanzhou University; WHO Collaborating Center for Guideline Implementation and Knowledge Translation, China

Backgrounds:Since the COVID-19 outbreak, health decision makers have elevated the need for timeliness of evidence, and there is an urgent need for a rapid literature synthesis method to provide highly time-sensitive evidence to aid decision making in urgent emergencies. Although systematic reviews(SR) have a definite advantage in synthesizing high-quality evidence, their rigorous methodological processes often take 1 year or more to complete, limiting the timeliness of evidence. Rapid systematic reviews (RR) have gained international attention because of their ability to provide more timely evidence. It is considered a comprehensive approach to the literature similar to SR and scoping reviews, and its development methods and processes are critical to the reliability of conclusions.
Objectives: To analyze the development methods and processes of rapid systematic reviews published in Cochrane Library.
Methods: A search was conducted on the Cochrane Llibrary ( website using the terms "Rapid review" to obtain published rapid systematic reviews, and details of the formulation methods and processes were extracted according to a pre-designed information extraction table.
Results: After preliminary results and screening, we found 12 eligible rapid systematic reviews, and their production dates were concentrated in 2018 (2), 2020 (8), and 2021 (2), of which 5 focused on COVID-19, and we are working on the details about the main results and look forward to presenting them in Cochrane London 2023 .