2-3 March 2017.
Course duration: 2 days (approximately 11 hours teaching).
Registration will start at 8.45am, the course will finish by 4pm on the final day.
Dr Dheeraj Rai (course organiser), Professor Matthew Hickman, Professor Stan Zammit, Dr Sarah Sullivan, Dr Luisa Zuccolo.
Critical appraisal refers to the process of objectively and transparently assessing the evidence from published scientific papers, with respect to their validity, results and relevance. It forms integral part of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and research, and systematic reviewing.
This course aims to provide researchers and clinicians interested in epidemiology and public health with a structured basis for appraising evidence from a variety of observational study designs including ecological, case-control, cohort studies, and published systematic reviews and meta-analyses of (observational) epidemiological studies, as well as from Randomised Controlled Trials.
By the end of the course students should be able to:
Researchers and clinicians with a basic understanding of observational epidemiological research methods and randomised controlled trials. Please note that this is not a course in epidemiological or research methods, although it aims to refresh knowledge of key aspects of study designs and analysis. For those who feel they lack such knowledge at all, we strongly advise they attend an 'Introduction to Epidemiology' course, such as the one in January 2017.
The course will consist of short lectures and practical sessions in which participants will critically review 5 published papers (all on the same topic), followed by a mock peer review exercise.
Sessions will include:
If you want to do some pre-course reading, then this series of papers are freely available from the BMJ website. They can only be accessed as full text but are not downloadable as PDF or you can buy the following book.
Trisha Greenhalgh. “How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine”.
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: WileyBlackwell; 3rd Edition edition (5 Jan 2006)
Trisha Greenhalgh. How to read a paper: getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about). BMJ Jul 1997; 315: 243 – 246.
Trisha Greenhalgh. How to read a paper: Assessing the methodological quality of published papers. BMJ Aug 1997; 315: 305 – 308.
Trisha Greenhalgh. How to read a paper: Statistics for the non-statistician. I: Different types of data need different statistical tests. BMJ Aug 1997; 315: 364 – 366.
Trisha Greenhalgh. How to read a paper: Statistics for the non-statistician. II: "Significant" relations and their pitfalls. BMJ Aug 1997; 315: 422 – 425.
Trisha Greenhalgh. How to read a paper: Papers that summarise other papers. (systematic reviews and meta-analyses) BMJ Aug 1997; 315 :672.
Please note bookings for this course have now closed.
We are currently compiling our 2017/18 course programme. Bookings will open at the beginning of October 2017. Please check back nearer the time for more details.
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