It can take years for new research evidence to filter into new treatment guidelines—in the meantime, many patients receive outdated care. That is why The BMJ is working with MAGIC, a non-profit research and innovation programme, to develop Rapid Recommendations. These accelerate evidence into practice to answer the questions that matter quickly and transparently through trustworthy recommendations.
Find out more about how it works by watching this video below.
How it works: The Rapid Recommendations team from MAGIC, including The BMJ, will identify and confirm which studies might change practice and are of interest to readers. Researchers will then perform systematic reviews on the benefit and harm of the intervention, baseline risk of important outcomes, and the values and preferences of patients. In parallel a panel including researchers, patients, and doctors will choose the most important outcomes. They will consider the systematic reviews and evaluate the evidence using a GRADE approach, and produce recommendations for practice. The research and recommendations will be submitted to The BMJ for peer review and publication.
Our rapid recommendations
PCSK9 inhibitors and ezetimibe
Plasma exchange and glucocorticoid dosing for patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis
A living WHO guideline on drugs for covid-19
Medical cannabis or cannabinoids for chronic pain
SGLT-2 inhibitors or GLP-1 receptor agonists for adults with type 2 diabetes
A living WHO guideline on drugs to prevent covid-19
Gastrointestinal bleeding prophylaxis for critically ill patients
Colorectal cancer screening with faecal immunochemical testing, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy
Thyroid hormones treatment for subclinical hypothyroidism
Subacromial decompression surgery for adults with shoulder pain
Dual vs single antiplatelet therapy
Oxygen therapy for acutely ill medical patients
Prostate cancer screening
Corticosteroid therapy for sepsis
Patent foramen ovale closure or drug therapy for management of cryptogenic stroke?
Atraumatic (pencil-point) versus conventional needles for lumbar puncture
Antibiotics for uncomplicated skin abscesses
Corticosteroids for treatment of sore throat
Antiretroviral therapy in pregnant women living with HIV
Arthroscopic surgery for degenerative knee arthritis and meniscal tears
Low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) for bone healing
Transcatheter versus surgical aortic valve replacement