Introduction to Critical Appraisal

(Duration 2 hours)

Course Overview:

Introduction to Critical Appraisal helps you develop the skills and knowledge to independently appraise and interpret research papers.

This course is ideal for beginners or anyone who would like to refresh their critical appraisal skills. The course provides an overview of the key characteristics of critical appraisal and an introduction to basic statistics. You will learn how to use a critical appraisal checklist to appraise a range of research papers including randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. All stages of the appraisal process are illustrated with examples from real papers to enhance understanding and contextualise key concepts. There is also an opportunity to put your skills into practice through a group exercise appraising a randomised controlled trial!

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance and purpose of critical appraisal
  • Understand key statistical concepts associated with critical appraisal.
  • Appraise a paper using the appropriate checklist

Introduction to Critical Appraisal uses the CASP critical appraisal framework.
More information on the CASP approach is available from the CASP website:


‘Thank you very much for providing this well structured course’ (January 2012)

‘Excellent high quality training’ (May 2012)

In 2012 all delegates rated our Introduction to Critical Appraisal course as either excellent or good   (January - December 2012 course feedback:  69% responded excellent, 31% responded good)

E-learning course:

An e-learning version of this course - Critical Appraisal- is now available via Moodle. To view the course please visit the Moodle website ( or click here to be taken directly to the course page.