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PhD in Translational Health Sciences: Rapid Reviews

Introduction to library and information resources for students studying for a PhD in the translational sciences.


The Evidence-based Practice Center"s AHRQ End-User Perspectives of Rapid Reviews identifies critical elements in an evidence synthesis.Click here to read.

The Evidence-based Practice Center's research white paper, EPC Methods: An Exploration of Methods and Context for the Production of Rapid Reviews, highlights how a rapid review is conducted in contrast to systematic reviews.  Click here to read.

 What are the best methodologies for rapid reviews of the research evidence for evidence-informed decision making in health policy and practice: a rapid review. Haby, M., Chapman, E., Clark, R., Barreto, J., Reveiz, L., & Lavis, J. (2016. Health Research Policy and Systems, 14(1), 83.

Purpose of Rapid Reviews

Featherstone, R., Hartling, L., Dryden, D. M., Featherstone, R., Guise, J., Anderson, J., & ... Whitlock, E. (n.d). A taxonomy of rapid reviews links report types and methods to specific decision-making contexts. Journal Of Clinical Epidemiology, 68(12), 1451-1462. Click here to read.

Kelly, S. E., Moher, D., & Clifford, T. J. (2016. DEFINING RAPID REVIEWS: A MODIFIED DELPHI CONSENSUS APPROACH. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 32(4), 265-275. doi:

Khangura, S., Polisena, J., Clifford, T. J., Farrah, K., & Kamel, C. (2014). RAPID REVIEW: AN EMERGING APPROACH TO EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS IN HEALTH TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 30(1), 20-7. doi:

Rapid Evidence Reviews for Health Policy and Practice from Academy Health outlines the purposes and types of rapid reviews.  Click here to read the report.