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Rapid Evidence Assessments
A Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) provides a balanced assessment of what is known (and
not known) in the scientific literature about an intervention, problem or practical issue by using a
systematic methodology to search and critically appraise empirical studies. However, in order to be
‘rapid’, an REA makes concessions in relation to the breadth, depth and comprehensiveness of the
search. For example, an REA may exclude unpublished research, include only meta-analyses and
controlled studies, or limit the number of reviewers who critically appraise the studies’ trustworthiness
to only one. Due to these limitations, an REA is more prone to selection bias than a systematic review.
For a more detailed explanation of differences between a rapid evidence assessment, a systematic
review, and a traditional literature review, please see the Appendix: ‘Summarizing Scientific Literature’.
Requirements for reviewers
To successfully conduct an REA, reviewers should be able to:

  1. Find relevant search terms (keywords, related academic constructs, thesaurus terms, etc.);
  2. Determine the most relevant research databases for the REA question;
  3. Conduct a systematic and reproducible search in online research databases;
  4. Determine a study’s methodological appropriateness and quality;
  5. Identify the impact (effect size) of a study;
  6. Assess and summarize a study’s main limitations;
  7. Rate a study’s trustworthiness;
  8. Assess and summarize a study’s main findings, including practical relevance

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