NCCMT Rapid Review Guidebook

Dobbins, M. (2017). Rapid review guidebook. Hamilton, ON: National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools. Retrieved from Organization website:

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This guidebook describes the necessary steps for conducting a rapid review, from identifying the team and stakeholders to creating a logic model that outlines the structure of the final report.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The guidebook guides users through the five steps of conducting a rapid review:

  1. Define a practice question.
  2. Search for research evidence.
  3. Critically appraise the information sources.
  4. Synthesize the evidence.
  5. Identify applicability and transferability issues for further consideration during the decision-making process.

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

We have provided the resources and links as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by McMaster University of any of the products, services or opinions of the external organizations, nor have the external organizations endorsed their resources and links as provided by McMaster University. McMaster University bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external sites.

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