A rapid systematic review is an evidence-based assessment in
which the methodology has been limited in one or more areas to
shorten the timeline for its completion. Modifications can be made
in at least one of the following areas: search strategy, inclusion
criteria, assessment of study quality and data analysis. These
limits are made possible primarily by restricting the specific
clinical questions that the review is trying to answer. It is
considered that these amendments would not significantly alter the
overall findings of the rapid review when compared to a full
Our recent rapid reviews are provided below. Contact us to
discuss your needs to find out whether we can assist you with
Rapid reviews conducted on behalf of the Victorian Department
Rapid review: Hysteroscopy for abnormal uterine
bleeding: Review of clinical evidence and guidelines, March
Rapid review: Tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and
adenotonsillectomy for obstructive sleep apnoea: Review of clinical
evidence and guidelines, March 2015.
Rapid review: Herniorrhaphy for inguinal and
femoral hernia: Review of clinical evidence and guidelines,
Rapid review: Arthroscopy for knee osteoarthritis:
Review of clinical evidence and guidelines, August 2014.
Rapid review: Spinal surgery for chronic low back
pain: Review of clinical evidence and guidelines, June
Spinal surgery for chronic low back pain: Review
of clinical evidence and guidelines, June 2014.
Rapid review: Centralisation of bariatric surgery:
policy implications, March 2014.
Brief review: Fast-track surgery and enhanced
recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs, March 2009.
These rapid reviews are available from: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/surgery/improvement
Rapid reviews conducted on behalf of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut
Decision support document: Vreugdenburg, TD, Wild, C. Prostate artery embolisation for benign prostatic
hyperplasia. 2017. Vienna: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for
Health Technology Assessment.
Rapid reviews conducted on behalf of the SAX Institute
Evidence Check: Ma, N, Atukorale, Y, Marlow, N, Duncan, J,
Cameron, A. Transcranial magnetic stimulation for major
depression and schizophrenia: an Evidence Check brokered by the
Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2017.
Tivey, D, Duncan, J, Scarfe, A, Lambert, R, Cameron, A. Amputee care standards: an Evidence Check
rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of
Tivey, D, Scarfe, A, Duncan, J, Marlow, N, Cameron, A, Babidge,
W. Orthotics and prosthetics workforce planning:
an Evidence Check review brokered by the Sax Institute for NSW
Rapid reviews conducted on behalf of the Medibank Private
pathways following hip and knee arthroplasty, RACS and Medibank
Private Limited, January 2018.
surgery for femoral, inguinal and umbilical hernia repair in
adults. RACS and Medibank Private Limited, February
Rapid reviews conducted on behalf of the World Health
Survey of needs for assistive and medical devices
for older people in six countries of the who western pacific
region: China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, the Republic of
Korea and Viet Nam. World Health Organization, 2015.
implantation for reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, December
Veress needle laparoscopic entry technique, Septemebr 2013.
Radiofrequency ablation of renal tumours, March 2010.
Neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy for rectal cancer, August
Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, August 2009.
surgery for urological, cardiac and gynaecological procedures,
and enhance recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs, May
Last update: 12-02-2018