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Critical appraisal of a randomized controlled trial

Once you have identified information for your research, you should appraise it for its validity, currency and applicability. This is particularly important in the health sciences where poorly conducted research may potentially have a negative impact on patient outcomes. It is also an important skill to utilise in research, to ensure your research is based only on the highest quality studies.

Course content

Thinking critically about the evidence is an essential skill. This session will introduce you to the concepts of critically appraising a randomised controlled trial, offer you an overview of the key elements of RCTs and you will practise the ability to evaluate the trustworthiness, value and relevance of an RCT through a validated, educational tool developed by the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP).

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  • have the ability to explain the importance of thinking critically about the evidence and what this process involves;
  • Have an understanding of the key methodological features of  RCTs;
  • Have experience of critically appraising an RCT using the relevant CASP checklist.

This session is also part of the Doctoral School Skills Development programme. Postgraduate research students at UCL should book a place by logging in via the programme website.

Date:
Monday, December 2, 2019
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location:
Seminar Room
Campus:
Royal Free Hospital Medical Library
Audience:
  NHS staff     UCL research student     UCL staff     UCL taught course student  
Categories:
  Appraisal Skills     Evaluating information  

This session is also part of the Doctoral School Skills Development programme. Postgraduate research students at UCL should book a place by logging in via the programme website.

Event Organizer

Jennifer Ford

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