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Behavioural sciences biology, 3.3 HEALTH SCIENCES, Health policy and services
Aim: To illustrate the potential use of rapid review approaches in nursing and midwifery research by presenting a worked example from a study conducted to inform policy decision making.
Background: Rapid reviews, which can be defined as outputs of a knowledge synthesis approach that involves modifying or omitting elements of a systematic review process due to limited time or resources, are becoming increasingly popular in health research. This paper provides guidance on how a rapid review can be undertaken and discusses the strengths and challenges of the approach.
Data source and research design: Data from a rapid review of the literature undertaken in 2015 is used as a worked example to highlight one method of undertaking a rapid review.
Implications for nursing: Seeking evidence to inform health policy making or evidence based practice is a process that can be limited by time constraints, making it difficult to conduct comprehensive systematic reviews.
O’Leary D.F., Casey M., O’Connor L., Stokes D., Fealy G.M., O’Brien D., Smith R., McNamara M., Egan C. (2017) Using Rapid Reviews: An Example from a Study Conducted to Inform Policy Making. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(3) 742-752. https://doi.org/10.1111/jan.13231