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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 (link opens in new tab).

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.


Support with statistics

The Statistics Clinic offers 'free statistical consulting services to all members of the broader research community within the University of Cambridge (and its affiliated institutes and hospitals). Eligible university members, including, but not limited to, faculty members, staff, postdocs and graduate students, are all welcome to use our service for advice at any stage of their research and data analysis.'

There is further information available on their website (link opens in new window), including details of their timetable of sessions (link opens in new window).

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