Introduction to critical appraisal - workshop

Royal College of Physicians
Research methods
Course outline: 

The ‘Introduction to critical appraisal’ workshop is an intensive 1-day workshop that will teach participants how to critically appraise published research, a key skill for everyone involved in research.

Delivered using presentations and exercises, the workshop will take participants through the different types of study design, relative and absolute measures of effect, and the process of critical appraisal, including an extensive risk of bias assessment.

What will you learn?

This 1-day workshop will cover the following areas:

  • An introduction to critical appraisal
  • Characteristics of different types of experimental and observational clinical study designs, including a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each design
  • An explanation of relative and absolute measures of effect for quantitative data, such as risk rations, odds ratios and absolute risk difference
  • An introduction to forest plots
  • Risk of bias assessment for a randomised controlled trial (RCT), including a detailed description of each individual domain


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

  • understand the principles of critical appraisal and why it is necessary
  • identify different study designs and know when to use them
  • appraise study outcomes and judge the quality of study methodology for RCTs
  • be familiar with different types of quantitative data and how to interpret results

Who should apply

All healthcare professionals (multi-disciplinary) and all specialities.

Type of training: 
Intensive 1-day workshop
Delivery mode: 
Face to face
United Kingdom
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