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What is critical appraisal?

'Critical appraisal skills enable you to systematically assess the trustworthiness, relevance and results of published papers.' — CASP.

Finding articles is one thing, reading them and deciding whether the evidence is strong enough is quite another. Medical students, professionals and researchers will need to apply critical appraisal techniques to evaluate the articles they find and wish to use in assignments, dissertations, theses, publication, and in their day-to-day work as healthcare professionals.

This guide takes you through resources, training, and further support available to you through the Medical Library to help you with the critical appraisal process.