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Evidence Based Medicine

What is Critical Appraisal?

Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context. It is an essential skill for evidence-based medicine because it allows clinicians to find and use research evidence reliably and efficiently

Burls, A. (2009). What is critical appraisal? In What Is This Series: Evidence-based medicine. Available online at What is Critical Appraisal?

Critical appraisal provides a framework for evaluating individual articles to determine if the information in the article is valid and appropriate for the individual patient in your care. There are a number of resources and tools to aid you in the appraisal process.

Tools for Critical Appraisal