Table 2

Mechanisms to enhance the timeliness of reviews

Narrowing the scopeLimiting the number of populations, interventions and outcomes considered
Parallelisation of tasksIncreasing the intensity of work on review processes where multiple reviewers simultaneously complete review steps, for example, eligibility screening, data abstraction and risk-of-bias assessment
Using review shortcutsOne or more systematic review steps may be reduced or omitted
Automating review stepsDeveloping, adapting and using new technologies to fast-track the standard systematic review steps, for example, screening or data abstraction