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Table 1 Characteristics of the included systematic reviews. Reviews are ordered chronologically, from most to least recent, and alphabetically within years

From: 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

Systematic review Target population Method/s tested Included study designs and number Outcomes reported AMSTAR score
Featherstone et al., 2015 [31]; Hartling et al., 2015 [32] Healthcare decision makers RR – not clearly defined 53 articles: 8 background articles; 3 studies with empiric data; 12 reviews of RR types; 30 articles on RR methods Type of product; Methods useda; Comparison of RRs and SRs 4
Harker & Kleijnen, 2012 [21] Those making HTA assessments in healthcare RRs of HTAs 46 full RRs; 3 summaries of RRs Methods used; Time to complete 2
Abrami et al., 2010 [19] Policy-makers and practitioners RRs – defined as a review completed in a timely fashion (i.e. within 6 months) or defined by the authors as such 42 RRs Methods used 2
Ganann et al., 2010 [18] Health system planners and policymakers RRs – undefined 25 RRs; 45 methods articles Nomenclature; Methods used; Comparison of RRs and SRs; Implications of methods used 2
Cameron et al., 2007 [30]; Watt et al., 2008 [33] HTA agencies and users RR, defined as a HTA report or SR that has taken between 1 and 6 months to produce, which contains the elements of a comprehensive literature search 12 studies: 1 guideline (abstract); 3 program evaluations; 2 comparative studies; 2 methods studies; 3 commentaries; 1 survey RR initiation and rationale; Methods used; Content; Time to complete; Dissemination and impact; Peer review procedures; Quality evaluation of the RR 2
  1. aThe outcome ‘methods used’ refers to the method used in the included rapid reviews. This outcome is important for determining the quality of the review
  2. HTA health technology assessment, RR rapid review, SR systematic review