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Medicine: Critical Appraisal

What is critical appraisal?

Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and sistematically examining research (evidence) to assess its strength, reliability, value and relevance. It is a vital step in evidence-based practice. 

Critical Appraisal tools

These are checklists you can use to carry out a critical appraisal.

They are free to download at the following links. Remember to select a tool that is appropriate for the study design!

Useful guides

Further training and support

- Book a 1-1 session with your Information Specialist (go to the homepage of these LibGuides)

- Create a free account on Cochrane Library and complete these modules


Critical appraisal tutorials (using CASP checklists)