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How can I tell if this is piece of research is good, bad or indifferent?

Can I use it to help treat a patient?

Will it be an acceptable article for me to critique in my assignment?

What is important in weighing up the evidence?

MPFT Library and Knowledge Services can help you!

Sign up for one of our MS Teams sessions on critically reading an article based on a randomised controlled trial (RCT)

These workshops will:

  • Introduce you to the key elements of critical appraisal
  • Break down an answerable question
  • Briefly look at some statistical terms used in quantitative research
  • Go through the CASP* RCT checklist in detail using a published RCT on a professions focused topic

OR sign up for our one of our MS Teams sessions on critically reading an article based on qualitative research

These workshops will:

  • Introduce you to the key elements of critical appraisal
  • Break down an answerable question?
  • Look at some of the key features of qualitative research
  • Go through an appropriate CASP* checklist in detail using a piece of qualitative research on a professions focused topic

*The CASP checklists are from the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme, Oxford Centre for Triple Value Healthcare

You will be asked to read an article we send out a few days before the session. Being familiar with it will make the session more enjoyable.

We will be focusing on various profession related research articles for our discussions but anyone interested in evaluating or appraising research is welcome to any session! The basic principles are the same for most health-related research.

For session dates visit the Library's Training and Funding page

Library and Knowledge Services Contact Details

Stafford Library

St. George's Hospital,
Corporation Street,
Stafford
ST16 3AG

Telephone: 01785 221584 (ext 7128908)
E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Redwoods Library

The Redwoods Centre,
Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury
SY3 8DS

Telephone: 01743 210110 (ext 7064162)
E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 09:00 - 17:00