Critical Appraisal

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Organisation
UCL
Start - End
4 Jan - 6 Jan
Study Options
Remote
Fee
150
Contact Name
Centre for Applied Statistics Courses
Contact Email
ich.statscou@ucl.ac.uk

04 January 2021–05 January 2021, 9:30 am–1:00 pm

In this workshop split over two days, we consider how to critically appraise research papers. Each section in a paper is covered in turn and there is much emphasis on evaluating the collection and analysis of data as described by the authors. Widely available critical appraisal sheets are discussed.

The ability to critically appraise published research is a key skill for anyone involved in using and/or undertaking research. Within this course we discuss the importance of defining a meaningful research question and the key research factors implicated in answering a research question in an efficient and valid way. The following topics are discussed and are of use when designing your own research study and/or evaluating existing published material:

  • Defining a research question
  • Observational and experimental study designs
  • Sampling and randomisation
  • Bias and confounding
  • Research protocols, checklists and records
  • Competing study designs
  • Displays and analysis of data
  • Common pitfalls in analysis
  • Reporting of results
  • Validity of the results with respect to the research question

Delegates are given the opportunity to examine sample research design and appraisal checklists and to apply the skills gained throughout the course via practical appraisal activities.


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