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:
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
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