Edited by Andrea C. Tricco, Etienne V. Langlois, Sharon E. Straus
World Health Organization, 2017
Rapid reviews are an efficient solution to support health policy and systems decision-making by providing high-quality evidence in a timely and cost-effective manner. Yet, there is a paucity of guidance on the conduct, contextualization, and use of rapid reviews, particularly in relation to complex health policy and systems evidence. There is also a need for capacity strengthening in low- and middle-income countries in the field of evidence synthesis and rapid reviews more specifically. The guide aims to provide practical recommendations on the conduct of rapid reviews to facilitate their use in decision-making. At the same time, key challenges in fast-tracking knowledge synthesis processes and applying them to complex issues pertaining to health policy-making and health system strengthening are described.