Critical appraisal for healthcare professionals

5 March 2019 09:30 - 16:30

Critical appraisal skills are key to commissioning and implementing evidence-based healthcare. This one-day course is designed for health professionals working in the NHS or local authorities. It is also relevant to other areas allied to public health, such as housing and planning.

Course goals

By the end of the course you should have the confidence to read the literature in your field critically, and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of research evidence.

What will the course cover?

This study day provides an opportunity to revisit basic epidemiological concepts and to work in groups to critically appraise a range of papers relevant to practice. You will take away skills that will help you to read, interpret and implement research evidence more effectively

Is this the right course for me?

This course is for anyone working in a health-related field who wants to improve their skills in understanding research evidence. It provides an overview of different study designs, and introduces you to the process of critically appraising a published article.

Course format

Our courses have been designed for groups of about 12 people. They are run informally, with plenty of time for discussion and questions. The course will start run from 9.30 to 4.30, but we ask participants to arrive by 9.15. There will be breaks for coffee, lunch and tea, but lunch is not provided.


The course will be delivered by Dr Issy Bray from the University of the West of England who has many years experience of teaching research methods to a wide range of healthcare professionals.

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