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Rapid Review Response Unit (RRRUn)
for Population Health Action and
Evidence-Informed Policy

Aim:
The Unit aims to produce timely best-available evidence on population health determinants, risks, or interventions to inform societal action or policy making in situations which require a scientific basis for decision making. At the moment, the RRRUn aligns its work completely with the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19 to facilitate generation of evidence for decision making in the scope of the pandemic.

Individuals, health organisations, public health services, and policy makers
may suggest topics to be considered for a rapid review under the RRRUn.

Please use this suggestion input form.

Methods:
The RRRUn produces rapid reviews of qualitative or quantitative evidence. Rapid reviews are based on the rigorous, transparent, and reproducible systematic review process and are a form of knowledge synthesis in which components of this process are simplified or omitted to produce information in a timely manner[1].

The applied methods in RRRUn will follow highest standards outlined in Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (including guidelines for inclusion of non-randomised intervention studies and reviews of health promotion and public health interventions), the Campbell Collaboration, and the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) depending on subject and topic of the review.

In order to balance quality and comprehensiveness with timeliness, the conventional systematic review process will be adapted by limiting:

(a) the numbers of databases to be searched to a maximum number of three

(b) the search terms to be specific (rather than sensitive)

(c) the inclusion criteria by date

(d) the inclusion criteria by language

 

No adaptations will be made on any other steps including selection, quality appraisal, extraction, and synthesis to ensure a high quality of the reviews while maintaining timeliness.

 

Timeframe:
6-8 weeks from approval of review topic until publication of report:

Week 1: Protocol development

Week 2: Searching

Week 3: Selection

Week 4: Data extraction

Week 5: Quality Appraisal

Week 6: Synthesis

Week7/8: Writing of Report and Publication.)

 

Process:
The RRRUn will produce a limited number of reviews per year. Topics can be suggested by external individuals and organization. Suggestions will be appraised following urgency and relevance criteria for population health to allocate available resources to topics with highest urgency and presumed population level health need or impact (see below).

Reviews are conducted by a rapid review team (RR-team), each consisting of:

  • The review lead: at post-doc level or accompanied by a professor if PhD-students
  • The core review team: two experienced researchers with review skills
  • The auxillary review team: scientific students or early career researchers from relevant fields of health sciences who are involved in relevant steps of the review under supervision to build-up review capacity among prospective researchers

 

Reporting:
A two page review report including policy relevant findings will be published after completion of the rapid review in citable format on the university website. A full report will be submitted to scientific journals for publication. In exceptional cases of high urgency and relevance the full report may be published immediately in citable format on the university website.

Governance and Coordination:
The RRRUn is a unit of and led by the Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (AG2), School of Public Health, Bielefeld University. External academic institutions and institutions of the health system can function as partners. Individuals, health organisations, public health services, and policy makers may suggest topics to be considered for a rapid review under the RRRUn.

Funding:
Non-earmarked funds of the Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research.

[1] Khangura S, Konnyu K, Cushman R, Grimshaw J, Moher D. Evidence summaries: the evolution of a rapid review approach. Syst Rev. 2012;1:10. doi:10.1186/2046-4053-1-10.

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News from AG 2

16 September 2020
New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and colleagues published in: Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: trends, risks, development and governance
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31 August 2020
News story in POLITICO with contributions by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
Germany eyes global health ambitions as US steps back"

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15 June 2020
So leicht hat es das Virus in Flüchtlingsheimen”:
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12 June 2020
Plötzlich ein Corona-Hotspot”:
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29 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others as part of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19:
SARS-CoV2 in collective refugee accommodation: Epidemiological and normativ-legal aspects
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28 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and other colleagues in Frontiers in Psychiatry:
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04 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour und Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen :
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01 May 2020
Covid19-Small Area Monitor (Covid19-SAM) launched:
New instrument by AG2 to enable time-sensitive and small-area monitoring of the current Covid19 pandemic.
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03 April 2020
Commentary published in The Lancet Public Health:
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
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02 March 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (A8):
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?
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02 March 2020
Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration :
Publication of the new book by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum and colleagues from Heidelberg University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”:
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03 February 2020
New staff in the AG 2: Starting with February, we are glad to welcome Ms. Judith Wenner (MSc) as new staff member in our team.

15 January 2020
New staff in the AG 2: We are glad to welcome Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) as new staff member in our team.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
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