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Systematic Reviews

Specialised advice for planning, researching and writing Systematic Reviews.

Appraise critically

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine offers some simple advice for starting the process of critical appraisal:

"Critical appraisal is the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers in order to establish:

  1. Does this study address a clearly focused question?
  2. Did the study use valid methods to address this question?
  3. Are the valid results of this study important?
  4. Are these valid, important results applicable to my patient or population?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, you can save yourself the trouble of reading the rest of it."

There are more tools for critical appraisal on the Centre for Evidence-Based Practice website.

Prof Adrian Esterman, How to appraise the studies: an introduction to assessing study quality, JCU Systematic Review Masterclass 2017

* Available to JCU staff and students only

Critical appraisal websites

Critical appraisal tools

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