About Rapid Evidence Reports
Supporting expedited decisions. CHRSP introduced Rapid Evidence Reports to support evidence-based decision making in the Newfoundland and Labrador healthcare system on an expedited basis. These reports provide a brief overview of the research evidence on a high-priority research topic selected by decision makers in the province.
Rapid Evidence Reports are designed to:
- provide a clear statement of the research topic and its background;
- describe the scope and nature of the scientific literature on the subject;
- summarize the principal features of the evidence - points of consensus, points of disagreement, areas of uncertainty, areas lacking evidence;
- provide a reference list of peer-reviewed research literature from the past five years, as well as a more selective list of policy reports and other grey literature on the issue; and
- offer an analysis of the types of issues that might influence the applicability of the evidence to the Newfoundland and Labrador context.
Rapid Evidence Reports provide decision makers with a solid view of the scope and nature of the scientific literature on the topic in question, an initial assessment of the strengths and gaps in this literature, and a review of the key points of agreement and disagreement among researchers.