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Table 2 Rapid review methods reported by the survey participants

From: Current methods for development of rapid reviews about diagnostic tests: an international survey

MethodN (%)
Narrow the scope
 Defining a structured PICO question23 (92)
 Discussing the clinical pathway for the target condition a17 (68)
 Limiting the population b17 (68)
 Limiting the number of index tests c19 (76)
 Limiting the number of comparisons d14 (56)
 Limiting the number of outcomes e11 (44)
 Limiting the number of applications of the tests f20 (80)
Review shortcuts
 Using a previous review as a starting point g23 (92)
 Limiting search strategies to one database2 (8)
 Limiting search strategies by language21 (84)
 Limiting search strategies by date17 (68)
 Limiting the syntax of search strategies h8 (32)
 Limiting search strategies results using methodological filters14 (56)
 Excluding additional searches i22 (88)
 Limiting screening of titles & abstracts: one reviewer only12 (48)
 Limiting the selection of full texts: one reviewer only15 (60)
 Limiting the data abstraction: one reviewer only16 (64)
 Limiting the quality appraisal: one reviewer only10 (40)
 Performing a narrative synthesis of findings j19 (76)
 Excluding a GRADE assessment of findings15 (60)
Parallelization of tasks
 Multiple reviewers completing the eligibility screening8 (32)
 Multiple reviewers completing the data abstraction7 (28)
 Multiple reviewers completing the quality appraisal8 (32)
 Used to assist in the screening/selection of references3 (12)
 Used to assist in the data abstraction2 (8)
 Used to assist in the quality appraisal1 (4)
  1. Notes: a including the role of the test in the current clinical practice, its intended application, and prior/alternative tests; b ideally to one single population; c ideally to one single test; d ideally to one single comparison; e ideally to one single outcome; f ideally to one single application: i.e. monitoring, screening, diagnosis; g i.e. stepwise approach with an emphasis on higher levels of evidence, update of existing SR, re-run search strategies; h, e.g. focused subject headings, terms in title only; i, e.g. conference abstracts; search on the internet; j instead of a meta-analysis of data