Rapid Recommendations is an innovative initiative in which patients, doctors, researchers and guideline methodologists collaborate on an international level, with the aim to accelerate the process of translating recent new scientific evidence into practical recommendations for clinical practice, through the use of systematic reviews. The Rapid Recommendations team identifies new evidence that might change current practice. An international working group of patients, doctors and researchers then selects outcome measures that are relevant to patients. Researchers will subsequently perform systematic reviews to demonstrate what effects an intervention has on these outcome measures. Thereafter, a guideline working group will evaluate the evidence using the GRADE approach, and develop recommendations for practice bearing in mind the benefits and harms and the values and preferences of patients. After publication, these international recommendations might be adopted or adapted at a national level.
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