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An Introduction to Critical Appraisal: Systematic Reviews

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Attendees will be introduced to key concepts of critical appraisal and take part in a facilitated appraisal of a systematic review.

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PLEASE NOTE: This session is for PHE employees.

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By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Explain why critical appraisal is important.
  • Describe how critical appraisal fits in to the cycle of evidence-based practice.
  • List the key elements of a systematic review.
  • Recognise the presence (and absence) of these elements in a systematic review.
  • Use critical appraisal to evaluate a systematic review.
  • Have increased confidence in reading and interpreting research evidence, to use in decision making.


  • Importance of critical appraisal
  • Evidence-Based Practice Cycle and Hierarchy of Evidence
  • Types of study design
  • Key elements of a good systematic review
  • Some (very basic) statistics
  • Individual or small-group appraisal of a paper using a checklist
  • Full-group discussion


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