Según el artículo A scoping review of rapid review methods (2015), una revisión rápida (rapid review) es:
Rapid reviews are a form of knowledge synthesis in which components of the systematic review process are simplified or omitted to produce information in a timely manner.
Según el artículo 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 (2016):
There is no agreed definition of rapid reviews in the literature and no agreed methodology for conducting rapid reviews. While a wide range of ‘shortcuts’ are used to make rapid reviews faster than a full systematic review, the included studies found little empirical evidence of their impact on the conclusions of either rapid or systematic reviews. There is some evidence from the included RCT (that had a low risk of bias) that rapid reviews may improve clarity and accessibility of research evidence for decision makers.
Y señala algunos de los atajos empleados a la hora de realizar una revisión rápida:
Three examples of ‘shortcuts’ taken are (1) not using two reviewers for study selection and/or data extraction; (2) not conducting a quality assessment of included studies; and (3) not searching for grey literature [18, 19, 21].
Developing PRISMA-RR, a reporting guideline for rapid reviews of primary studies (2018) es una propuesta para desarrollar pautas que permitan usar Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) para "rapid reviews".