Critical Appraisal of the scientific literature 2 (Clinical)
Duration 0.5 days
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience:
Research postgraduate students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

The session will start with a review of the importance of critical appraisal and the skills needed. Following this during an interactive session students will be introduced to checklists (for example the BMJ CONSORT statement) for improving the quality of clinical research papers. Working in small groups students will evaluate clinical research papers.

To review the skills needed for critical appraisal and to apply them to the clinical research literature.

By the end of the session you will:

  • Understand the principles of critical appraisal and be able to conduct a structured evaluation of the introduction, design, sampling, measures, results and discussion sections of a clinical research study
  • Be familiar with relevant checklists to aid with evaluating the quality of a clinical research paper
  • Have critically appraised (in small groups) a clinical research paper focusing on an intervention or a survey 

Course dates for 2019/20 will be published in early October 2019.  If there are no dates listed below then the instance(s) of the course has (have) already taken place for 2019/20 academic year.

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.

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