Appraising the evidence to answer your clinical question
This module will introduce the basic concepts and skills of evidence-based health care. Students will be facilitated to turn clinical queries into focussed questions, from which they can search the evidence. Participants will learn the skills to develop a search strategy for use across several databases. They will also learn about the importance of matching a research question with the most appropriate study design, and then be guided through suitable critical appraisal techniques, so that they can understand how and why published research can be used in clinical practice. Students will learn with peers in small groups, and through the week, they will have the opportunity to decide on a relevant question, search the evidence and present a critical appraisal for shared discussion.
The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 22nd September 2023. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.
By the end of the course the student will be able to:
- Formulate an answerable clinical question
- Search for relevant publications quickly and efficiently
- Critically appraise various types of studies, including randomised controlled trials (RCTs), systematic reviews of RCTs, Diagnostic, Prognostic and Qualitative studies
- Understand some basic statistical concepts required to interpret studies
- Consider translation of evidence into practice
Comments from previous participants:
"I liked the ability to look at and analyse the evidence."
"I liked the multidisciplinary audience and interactive lectures."