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Table 5 Summary of rapid review streamlined approaches (n = 82 application studies)

From: A scoping review of rapid review methods

Rapid review methods Count (%)
General  
Duration of review  
  >6 months 3 (4 %)
  ≤6 months 19 (23 %)
  Not reported 60 (73 %)
Published protocol  
  Mentioned 2 (2 %)
  Not mentioned 80 (98 %)
Review question  
  Clearly reported 81 (99 %)
  Unclear/inferred 1 (1 %)
Identifying relevant studies  
Databases searched  
  Searched more than one database 67 (82 %)
  Searched one database only 2 (2 %)
  Used a previous review(s) as starting point 8 (10 %)
  Not reported 5 (6 %)
Grey literature  
  Searched grey literature 57 (70 %)
  No grey literature search 20 (24 %)
  Not reported 5 (6 %)
Search strategy  
  Clearly reported 64 (78 %)
  Unclear 7 (9 %)
  Not reported 11 (13 %)
Scanned references  
  Yes 41 (50 %)
  No 8 (10 %)
  Not reported 33 (40 %)
Contacted authors  
  Yes 18 (22 %)
  No 9 (11 %)
  Not reported 55 (67 %)
Limits applied   
Date   
  No limit 10 (12 %)
  Limited by date 56 (68 %)
  Not reported 16 (20 %)
Language   
  No limit 14 (17 %)
  Limited by language 40 (49 %)
  Not reported 28 (34 %)
Selecting relevant studies  
Titles and abstracts  
  Two or more independent reviewers 28 (34 %)
  One reviewer and one verifier 4 (5 %)
  One reviewer only 15 (18 %)
  Done but unclear number of reviewers 20 (24 %)
  Not done 1 (1 %)
  Not reported 14 (17 %)
Full-texts   
  Two or more independent reviewers 20 (24 %)
  One reviewer and one verifier 5 (6 %)
  One reviewer only 9 (11 %)
  Done but unclear number of reviewers 23 (28 %)
  Not done 1 (1 %)
  Not reported 24 (29 %)
Data abstraction and quality appraisal  
Data abstraction  
  Two or more independent reviewers 8 (10 %)
  One reviewer and one verifier 19 (23 %)
  One reviewer only 6 (7 %)
  Done but unclear number of reviewers 30 (37 %)
  Not done 1 (1 %)
  Not reported 18 (22 %)
Quality appraisal  
  Two or more independent reviewers 14 (17 %)
  One reviewer and one verifier 11 (13 %)
  One reviewer only 6 (7 %)
  Done but unclear number of reviewers 24 (29 %)
  Not done 6 (7 %)
  Not reported 21 (26 %)
Data synthesis   
Data synthesis   
  Meta-analysis or clear reasons for not pooling results 18 (22 %)
  Narrative/descriptive summary only 64 (78 %)