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Critical Appraisal of Medical Literature

Level:
Foundation
Area:
Professional Techniques
Code:
PTF13
Duration:
03:00:00
Workshop profile:
This workshop will be of use to all medical writers who need to read published medical papers and interpret their findings. Participants should have a basic grasp of trial design (parallel groups, crossovers, etc.) and recognition of (but not necessarily practical experience of using) common statistical tests (e.g. chi-squared, t-test).
Objective:
After attending this workshop, participants should be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of papers they read in the medical literature and be able to judge whether the published conclusions of the paper are valid.
Content:
The workshop will explain what to look for when reading published papers, with emphasis on assessing strengths and weaknesses of the research described. This will include considerations of study design, sources of potential bias, use of appropriate statistical methods, choice of endpoints, and generalisability. The workshop will include practical exercises in critiquing papers in a group discussion format.