Rigour, results and relevance – What there is to know about critical appraisal!

   June 7, 2016 Tuesday

Cardiff University, UK
Rigour, results and relevance – What there is to know about critical appraisal!

Aims and outcomes
The amount of published information is growing rapidly and it is important for information professionals to be able to identify good quality research.

The aim of the workshop is to introduce healthcare librarians the basic concepts of critical appraisal and develop skills to support researchers and facilitate clinicians to practice evidence based medicine.

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • understand what is meant by critical appraisal and why it is necessary
  • locate checklists and guides for critically appraising quantitative and qualitative studies
  • identify different types of study designs used in health services research
  • critically appraise a systematic review and a qualitative research study
  • teach the basic concepts of critical appraisal to others
Course outline
Introduction to critical appraisal

  • What it is and why you should do it
  • Things to consider when assessing the reliability of research

Overview of methods

  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative

Group work and feedback

  • Critical appraisal of sample papers.

This is an interactive workshop. Participants will work in groups and are encouraged to share their learning and experiences.

No prerequisite skills are needed, however prior to the course participants will be sent research papers to read in preparation for critical appraisal.
A PC and a data projector for the presenter will be required. The participants will not require PC’s or tablets. They will work in groups and will be encouraged to share their learning.
 Course Leader
Mala Mann: I am an information specialist and systematic reviewer in the Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (a grant funded unit within the University library service). My particular expertise is in advanced literature searching and the development of systematic review methodologies. I have worked on projects for a range of organisations including the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales. Current projects include conducting rapid reviews with Cardiff University Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre. During my sixteen years as a systematic reviewer, I have co-authored over 50 publications.
I provide advice, support and training for staff and students and conduct workshops on advanced literature searching and critical appraisal for clinicians, students and healthcare librarians. During the last four years, I have lectured on the MSc/Diploma in Clinical Research programme. I am also involved in teaching critical appraisal to postgraduate research students at Cardiff University in the Graduate College programme.
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