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Critical appraisal for medical and health sciences: 1. What is critical appraisal?

A quick guide to introduce you to the concept of critical appraisal and resources available.

 

Once you have identified the evidence on your search topic, you will need to critically appraise the studies you have found.

This process involves assessing the methodological quality of research, identifying any strengths or weaknesses and any risk of bias. The process of critical appraisal will help you understand gain insight into the quality of evidence available and its value and usefulness in a particular context. 

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