Critical Appraisal

Critical Appraisal skills enable you to systematically assess the validity, relevance, accuracy and results of published papers. Critical appraisal is an essential step in the process of evidence-based practice. Acquiring critical appraisal skills, and adopting them into your everyday practice will enable you to make informed, evidence-based decisions.

This page will sign post you to resources that will help you in your critical appraisal journey. If you have any questions please email us at 


Making sense of Health Research

This online tool will guide you through a series of questions to help you to review and interpret a published health research paper

Critical Appraisal Techniques for Healthcare Literature

FutureLearn – online courses from top universities

Free online course

Learn how to critically appraise published medical research literature to keep up to date with research developments in your field

Finding and appraising the evidence

Health Knowledge

These modules take you through the process of how to find the evidence and then how to assess the validity and reliability of the published research in order to provide effective and efficient healthcare. The course is made up of 6 modules.

Critical appraisal tools – Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), University of Oxford

Critical Appraisal worksheets to help you appraise the reliability,importance and applicability of clinical evidence.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

CASP – Critical Appraisal Skills Programme Logo

These critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research. CASP has appraisal checklists designed for use with Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

Students 4 Best Evidence – Cochrane

Students 4 Best Evidence

Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is a growing network of students from around the world, from school age to university, who are interested in learning more about evidence-based health care (EBH).

Whether you are training to be a doctor, nurse or other health professional, or you’re a school student thinking about studying medicine, S4BE Contributors pull together all the resources on EBH into one interactive space, where we hope you will find the right information for you and help you meet other like-minded students.

Critical Appraisal of a Randomised Controlled Trial – Bitesize videos

by Barts Health NHS Trust Library

Click on the image below to access short YouTube videos:

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Last updated: August 25, 2021