Critical appraisal

For help with critical appraisal please contact Rachel Posaner

Critical appraisal is the process of systematically assessing the evidence you find from carrying out a literature search, in terms of its relevance and reliability.

(Further You Tube videos from University of Sheffield)

Critical appraisal is important because it:

• ensures a thorough assessment of the paper

• ability to recognise the strengths and weaknesses of the research

• develops a better understanding of the research methods used

• provides the ability to relate the published research to your situation

• ensures any bias in the research is identified

• assists in the implementation of effective interventions in your clinical practice (Source: University of Warwick)

Helpful resources

Critical Appraisal Skills Programm, CASP UK website

How to read a paper, BMJ

Critical Appraisal, Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Oxford

Critical Appraisal: Notes and Checklists, Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network

Critical Appraisal, Unversity of Warwick