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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!
How to Read a Paper by
Required reading in many medical and healthcare institutions, How to Read a Paper is a clear and wide-ranging introduction to evidence-based medicine and healthcare, helping readers to understand its central principles, critically evaluate published data, and implement the results in practical settings. Author Trisha Greenhalgh guides readers through each fundamental step of inquiry, from searching the literature to assessing methodological quality and appraising statistics. How to Read a Paper addresses the common criticisms of evidence-based healthcare, dispelling many of its myths and misconceptions, while providing a pragmatic framework for testing the validity of healthcare literature. Now in its sixth edition, this informative text includes new and expanded discussions of study bias, political interference in published reports, medical statistics, big data and more. Offers user-friendly guidance on evidence-based healthcare that is applicable to both experienced and novice readers Authored by an internationally recognised practitioner and researcher in evidence-based healthcare and primary care Includes updated references, additional figures, improved checklists and more How to Read a Paper is an ideal resource for healthcare students, practitioners and anyone seeking an accessible introduction to evidence-based healthcare.
Publication Date: 2019-04-04
Critical Appraisal from Papers to Patient by
This book represents a brilliant primer and the tools and skills it equips the clinician with are designed to help them navigate the uncertainties of medical practice today. It is essential for those who wish to practice medicine in the best possible way for their patients.
Publication Date: 2017-06-30
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)