‘Introduction to critical appraisal’ workshop

The ‘Introduction to critical appraisal’ workshop is an intensive 1-day workshop that teaches participants how to critically appraise published research, a key skill for everyone involved in research.

Delivered using presentations and exercises, the workshop explores the different types of study design, relative and absolute measures of effect, and the process of critical appraisal, which includes an extensive risk of bias assessment.

Workshop dates



Courses run from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

  • Location: London, venue TBC

To book a place go to the course date you wish to attend (discounts are available if booked with the systematic review workshop).

Related courses: Diagnostic studies: methods and critical appraisal.

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

Dr Tendekayi Msimanga, consultant in acute and general medicine, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust

What you will learn

The workshop covers 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.


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.

Who should apply

All healthcare professionals (multidisciplinary) and all specialties.