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Provided by: Cambridge University Library

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Medicine: Critical Appraisal - RCT Drug Trials


Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context.' Amanda Burls, What is Critical Appraisal?, Feb 2009

'An Introduction to Critical Appraisal' will help you understand how to critically appraise a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT). Using the CASP Checklist the course covers samples and sample size, randomisation, bias, statistics, significance (P Values and Confidence Intervals) and relevance.

We ask that you read a paper that will be provided before you attend the session, in order for us to make the best use of the time together.

Target audience

Nurses, doctors, other health care professionals, and researchers

Topics covered
  • Critical Appraisal

To understand how to critically appraise a randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)


Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


One sesson of 90 minutes


A number of times per term


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