What is RapidInfo4U: The Rapid Resource Repository?
RapidInfo4U is a service knowledge management system for health professionals. Its focus is on providing a useful and searchable source of knowledge, maintained and verified by people with expertise in relevant areas of health professional practice. The resource includes discipline specific information and information that is useful across health professions.
What service do we provide?
We have uploaded information or provided links that address profession-specific and general areas of health professional practice. The Repository includes information on areas of practice directly relevant to meeting the needs of people who have contracted COVID-19 (e.g. guidelines on the management of swallowing difficulties; dietary modifications) and areas of practice that have evolved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. the use of telepractice). We include links to relevant information available in other websites and we indicate whether the information source we are uploading is a review of the evidence, a report on a specific study, a set of government or professional body guidelines or other types of information.
Where a user does not find an answer to a particular question through searching our Repository, they may submit a question to our team of researchers and experienced clinicians. They will provide a Rapid Response based on a search and summary of the current evidence and clinical practice experience.
Rapid Evidence Search & Summary
Our team of multidisciplinary researchers and clinicians in conjunction with the University of Limerick Library and Information Services have developed a detailed protocol for conducting a Rapid Evidence Search & Summary (RESS) to answer questions submitted to RapidInfo4U. Our RESS protocol uses PICO or PEO methods to refine your question and follows a detailed search procedure capturing guidance documents from governments, institutions and professional bodies; searching clinical and COVID specific repositories; and identifying the most recent reviews and RCTs in the scientific literature using established databases. Using our RESS protocol we will respond to your question within 3 working days.
When our RESS protocol fails to find an answer to a question submitted to RapidInfo4U our team will consult our Panel of Experienced Clinicians.
Recommended usage guidelines
The information we provide on the website and through our individualised responses constitutes the best available information to us at the time of uploading, and does not replace clinical judgement or guidance. Emerging literature or subsequent developments in respect of COVID-19 may require amendment to the information or sources listed in our Repository. Although all reasonable care has been taken in the compilation of content, the RapidInfo4U team makes no representations or warranties expressed or implied as to the accuracy or suitability of the information or sources uploaded on the website.
Our funders and supporting institutions
RapidInfo4U has been funded by the Health Research Board Ireland and the Irish Research Council. The research team are members of the Health Implementation Science and Technology cluster of the Health Research Institute at the University of Limerick and the Centre for Effective Services, Dublin.
- The Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland
- The Irish Nutritional and Dietetic Institute
- The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
- The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists
- The National Health and Social Care Professionals office (HSCP)
- Dr John Bamber, an expert in Realist Evaluation
- Dr Anne Griffin, School of Allied Health, University of Limerick
- Liz Dore, Library and Information Services, University of Limerick
Our external advisory committee
The project team are advised by and consult with an external advisory committee. The members of this committee are:
- Maire Curran, Senior Physiotherapist, University Hospital Limerick
- Professor Raymond Friel, Director of Research at School of Law, University of Limerick
- Vickie Kirkpatrick, IASLT Past Chairperson and Director
- Dr Ana Terres, Assistant National Director Strategic Planning and Transformation, HSE
How do I use RapidInfo4U?
RapidInfo4U is part of the Irish Government’s national coordinated research and innovation response to the COVID-19 pandemic. RapidInfo4U is funded by a Health Research Board COVID-19 Pandemic – Rapid response funding award and managed by the Health Implementation Science and Technology cluster at the University of Limerick.