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Facilitator: Jennifer McAnuff

NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow & Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist,

Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ihs/staff/profile/jennifermcanuff.html#background

It’s important for everyone – from our children[1] to our oldest citizens – to be able to judge the trustworthiness of health claims. For allied health professionals working in childhood neurodisability, this means being able to understand and potentially make use of published research.

In her seminal BMJ series on ‘How to read a paper’, Trish Greenhalgh[2] guides readers in ‘the science of “trashing” papers’, AKA how to do critical appraisal (Greenhalgh, 1997). As allied health professionals, our critical appraisal efforts have often focused on giving papers a good ‘trashing’, with Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) tools[3] as our torture implements of choice. A healthy scepticism of health claims is an important attribute of any modern health professional. But, how can we avoid slipping from healthy scepticism into ‘pseudodebunking, i.e. attacking a minor methodological detail, then claiming an entire piece of work is flawed’ ([4]Goldacre, 2017)?

Our aim in this practical, interactive workshop is to create a space for participants to try out different ways of productively reading – and getting something out of – allied health childhood neurodisability research papers. Facilitators will provide step-by-step guidance, from their own real-world research experience, on critically appraising papers. Participants will work in pairs and small groups to read, discuss, and appraise a paper of their own choosing.

Greenhalgh, T. (1997) 'How to read a paper: getting your bearings (deciding what the paper is about)', BMJ, 315(7102), pp. 243-246.

**Please choose a paper to bring along and read it at least once in advance of the workshop**

This event is FREE and open to all allied health professionals who work with children and young people

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment!


[1] http://www.informedhealthchoices.org/

[2] Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford: https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/team/trish-greenhalgh

[3] https://www.rsm.ac.uk/library/research-tools/resource-of-the-month/critical-appraisal-skills-program-(casp).aspx

[4] https://twitter.com/bengoldacre/status/880810684090593280



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