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Critical Appraisal : Critical appraisal training

Critical appraisal training

Here you will find details of critical appraisal courses available to you. Some are delivered by the Medical Library, and others are provided by external providers.

Training from external providers

Medical Library training

The Medical Library offers a variety of types of critical appraisal training. All sessions involve attendees reading an article in advance, and then discussing the article in a group.

Critical appraisal for NHS staff — This course will help you understand how to critically evaluate medical research articles, with a particular emphasis on evaluating the reliability, trustworthiness, and applicability of an article in informing evidence-based practice and decision-making in a healthcare context.

Risk of bias assessment: systematic reviews — This course will help you understand how to undertake a risk of bias assessment of a systematic review, assessing its reliability, trustworthiness, and applicability. The session uses the ROBIS tool to assess a preselected published systematic review.

BMJ Learning courses

  • BMJ Learning – Evidence Based Medicine: a users’ guide — After completing this module you should be able to:
    • Outline the reasons for evidence based practice
    • Begin to answer your own clinical questions
    • Understand the concept of “number needed to treat.”
  • BMJ Learning – Understanding Statisitics —This learning module should help you understand:
    • That the same trial results can be presented in different ways
    • The strengths and weaknesses of using ratios and differences to describe results
    • How to calculate a number needed to treat (NNT) from published papers.
  • BMJ Learning – Understanding statistics: tips for hospital doctors —This learning module should help you understand:
    • That the same trial results can be presented in different ways
    • The strengths and weaknesses of using ratios and differences to describe results
    • How to calculate a number needed to treat (NNT) from published papers.
  • BMJ Learning – Understanding statistics 2: is there a significant difference? —This module should help you to:
    • Appreciate when the results of a trial are statistically significant
    • Understand the difference between P values and confidence intervals
    • Determine whether an important difference has been excluded between the treatment and control arms of a trial.

Please note: the BMJ Learning modules require a BMJ Learning subscription – you cannot access them via Raven or NHS Athens.

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