Critical Appraisal Skills (Qualitative Research)

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Introducing the major features of Qualitative research

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Critical appraisal skills are crucial to implementing evidence-based healthcare. This one-day course is designed by the Library and Knowledge Services Team.

It includes 1½ hour workshops on quantitative and qualitative research evidence. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce critical appraisal, to describe the major features of quantitative and qualitative research and to appraise a quantitative and a qualitative research paper.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of the workshop you should have the confidence to read the quantitative and qualitative research papers in your field critically and to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

The critical appraisal of quantitative research workshop provides you with an opportunity to:

  • Know the anatomy of research paper
  • Understand hierarchy of evidence and a range of study designs within it
  • Learn about data collection and analysis
  • Become familiar with different types of bias
  • Understand the importance of setting of the research and recruitment of participants
  • Revisit basic epidemiological and statistical concepts
  • Understand how to work in groups to critically appraise a randomised controlled trial
  • Using CASP Checklist, gain skills that will help you to read, interpret and implement research evidence more effectively

This course is free and open to all staff who have an interest in research (doctors, dentists, nurses, research assistants etc.) working in or associated with North and West London Trusts.

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Organiser Noclor Joint NHS Research Office

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Noclor is the Research Support Service for CNWL. We aim to ensure that high quality research, which will make a real impact on patient care, is successful in securing funding and is supported through to completion. Our work is shaped by the Treasury’s Plan for Growth; current local priorities and existing areas of research excellence include mental health, sexual health and primary care. We aim to promote and support high quality research in these areas and are also responsible for providing research management and governance in this area. ​

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