Critical appraisal involves interpreting information — particularly information within research papers — in a systematic and objective manner. In health research, it involves the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers in order to establish the validity of the methodology, results and applicability to patient care. It is a skill that takes much time and practice to hone. In this introductory workshop, we will discuss best practices and give an overview of the tools and methods available to increase your confidence with critical appraisal.
This workshop is part of our VCHRI Research Training Series. This series is designed to support the acquisition of advanced skills, techniques and knowledge, and lead to enhanced practices in the conduct of research.
In this workshop you will learn:
- What critical appraisal is and is not
- Why different types of questions require different study designs
- What the recommended tools and checklists are for various study designs in health research
- What automated tools for appraisal are
- An overview of results and clinical relevance
- Key terminology, such as cross-sectional survey, inception cohort, randomization, bias, blinded, risk differences and more
About the speaker
Registrants will receive information on joining the virtual event two days prior to the event date.