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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Literature Reviews in Health Sciences

Overview of types of literature reviews

Rapid Review

Assessment of what is already known about a policy or practice issue, by using systematic review methods to search and critically appraise existing research.

SEARCH is determined by time constraints.

APPRAISAL is a time-limited formal quality assessment.

SYNTHESIS is narrative and tabular.

ANALYSIS includes quantities of literature and overall quality/direction of effect of literature.

Source: A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Grant MJ & Booth A. Health information and Libraries Journal year: 2009 26(2):91 -108. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2009.00848.x.

Doing Rapid Reviews