‘Introduction to critical appraisal’ workshop

This intensive 1-day workshop will teach participants how to critically appraise published research, a key skill for everyone involved in research. Delivered using presentations and exercises, the workshop will take participants through the different types of study design, relative and absolute measures of effect, and the process of critical appraisal, including an extensive risk of bias assessment.

What will you learn?

This 1-day workshop will cover the following areas:

  • An introduction to critical appraisal
  • Characteristics of different types of experimental and observational clinical study designs, including a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each design
  • An explanation of relative and absolute measures of effect for quantitative data, such as risk rations, odds ratios and absolute risk difference
  • An introduction to forest plots
  • Risk of bias assessment for a randomised controlled trial (RCT), including a detailed description of each individual domain
  • An introduction to commonly used critical appraisal checklists
  • The impact on clinical practice

Practical exercises will help participants strengthen new skills and put them into practice. 

Dates and booking details

  • 22 March 2017
  • 12 July 2017
  • 8 November 2017

Courses run from 9.30 to 16.30

To reserve a place on an advertised course, email a completed booking form to NGC-courses@rcplondon.ac.uk.

If you would like to discuss the courses please call +44 (0)20 3075 1417

This workshop is suitable for those who are new to critical appraisal, or require a refresher session. Some knowledge of basic research methods is required.

  • Cost - £300 (inc VAT). Discount available if booked with the 'Systematic reviews and meta-analysis in action' workshop. Prices include printed course materials refreshments and lunch.
  • This course is approved for 6 CPD credits
  • Location: Central London (Also available as an in-house course – please contact us for further details).


By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • understand the principles of critical appraisal and why it is necessary
  • identify different study designs and know when to use them
  • appraise study outcomes and judge the quality of study methodology for RCTs
  • be familiar with different types of quantitative data and how to interpret results
  • know how to assess whether the results could change clinical practice

Excellent delivery, with opportunity to ask questions and clarify difficult areas

Dr Tendekayi Msimanga

Who should apply?

All healthcare professionals (multi-disciplinary) and all specialities including:

  • all levels and grades of doctor
  • medical students
  • nurses and midwives
  • pharmacists
  • allied health professionals
  • researchers
  • methodologists
  • people involved in quality improvement (for example trust clinical audit teams)
  • people involved in making healthcare decisions (for example Clinical Commissioning Groups / Commissioning Support Units).