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.
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).
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.
- Monday, December 2, 2019
- 10:00am - 12:00pm
- Seminar Room
- Royal Free Hospital Medical Library