Clinical papers workbook updated

 Tuesday 29 March 2016    Books | Workshop


Clinical papers workbook updated

The second edition (2016) of the clinical papers workbook has been published by The Critical Appraisal Company. The most obvious change is that the paper size has been reduced from A3 to A4 but there are also innovative changes inside based on our experience of teaching critical appraisal to delegates of all abilities. The greater use of colour and labels has allowed us to offer more content in less space. Important components of clinical papers are highlighted for reading and discussion during workshops. Based on feedback from delegates, an extra randomised controlled trial and an extra meta-analysis are now included to offer more practice of these important study designs. The new workbook has been trialled in recent events and has been received enthusiastically. It is important for us to know that our course materials are the best available anywhere. As before, the workbook is exclusively available to delegates attending the Critical Appraisal Workshop.

Short exercises workbook updated

 Thursday 07 January 2016    Books | Masterclass | Workshop


Short exercises workbook updated

It's a new year and time for an update of the short exercises workbook we use in our Masterclass and Workshop events. We make extensive use of our materials and use the feedback gathered from delegates to make improvements. Sometimes we need to make an exercise clearer; sometimes we need to write a new exercise to illustrate a concept better. Every exercise in the workbook has a purpose and has to earn its place! There's no room for duplication or boring exercises! This latest edition of the workbook will be used in all our Masterclass and Workshop events in 2016. A bigger update of the clinical papers workbook is due in spring.

New edition of The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal

 Friday 20 February 2015    Books


New edition of The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal

Today sees the publication of the 4th edition of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal! First published in 2006, each new edition has seen the book expanded and this latest edition is no exception. The book is now over 300 pages long and includes everything you need to appraise clinical papers with confidence. The unique structure has been refined to make learning even easier. There are more clinical scenarios and figures to explain difficult concepts. New in this edition are over 70 excerpts from real clinical papers. We're including the book free with every reservation on the Critical Appraisal Masterclass and Critical Appraisal Workshop. The book is available now at all good bookshops. Order your copy today!

The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal - 4th edition, 2015
by Narinder Gosall and Gurpal Gosall
Published by PasTest - ISBN-10 1905635974 ISBN-13 978-1905635979

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Now on the Kindle - The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal

 Monday 11 February 2013    Books


Now on the Kindle - The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal

The award-winning book, The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal, is now available on the Kindle. The brand new Kindle edition is the first time the book has been available as an ebook. Not only can the book be read on all the Kindles sold by Amazon, there are also Kindle apps for a wide range of devices, including smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows 8), Computers (Mac, Windows) and tablets (iPad, Android tablet, Windows 8). With Amazon’s Whispersync technology, you can automatically save and synchronize your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. That means you can start reading the book on one device, and pick up where you left off on another device.

The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal is reprinted

 Monday 15 October 2012    Awards | Books


The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal is reprinted

Just nine months after its publication, The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal has been reprinted. The initial print run has sold out, helped no doubt by the book winning at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012. The reprinted book has an updated front cover, with the BMA Award Winner 2012 banner proudly displayed. Thanks to everyone who has bought the book. If you've not got your own copy, now's a great time to get this award-winning book!

The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal wins at the BMA Book Awards 2012

 Friday 14 September 2012    Awards | Books


The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal wins at the BMA Book Awards 2012

The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal has won first prize at the prestigious BMA Medical Book Awards 2012! The result was announced at BMA House in Tavistock Square, London on 13 September 2012 in a lavish ceremony attended by the biggest names in medical publishing. Author Dr Narinder Gosall accepted the award from BMA President, Professor Baroness Hollins.

bma medical book awards 2012 The BMA Medical Book Awards started in 1994 with the aim of encouraging and rewarding excellence in medical publishing. Books are judged on accuracy, appropriateness, quality of design and production, originality of content, approach and value for money. Prizes are awarded in 21 categories. Professor Averil Mansfield, Chairman of the BMA Board of Science, commented that it was “no mean feat to be shortlisted”, as they received several hundred individual entries for the awards. The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal won in the Basis of Medicine category.

Dr Narinder Gosall said, "I am delighted that the book has been recognised by the British Medical Association. It was an honour to have been shortlisted by the BMA in such a competitive category but winning it was beyond my wildest dreams."

Dr Gurpal Gosall, co-author of the book, said, "We set out to write a book that would be the one-stop solution for everyone who reads clinical research papers. We already knew from our courses and workshops that we could teach critical appraisal knowledge and skills effectively. The challenge was to translate that experience into the form of a book. Over the years we've received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement about our unique and comprehensive approach. The BMA Medical Book Award is the icing on the cake!"

The programme included excerpts of the BMA reviews:

"I think this text is a great introduction to critical appraisal, a subject often not well-taught and where knowledge is sometimes assumed. It is an easy to read and short text. I particularly liked the chapter on presenting at a journal club which had some good practical advice. I would definitely recommend it. It is easy to dip in and out of to refresh on a specific topic."

"Critical appraisal is something I recognise to be important but is something I have not given priority to previously with so many other things to read about. Many texts on statistics and critical appraisal are very dry, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enjoying reading this book. It is very clearly written and explains the concepts very well. I found the section on interpreting results very useful and practical. This is an excellent review of principles of critical appraisal and more, easily accessible for busy professionals."


Dr Narinder Gosall accepts the award from Baroness Hollins

Baroness Hollins presents Dr Narinder Gosall with first prize at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012 for The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal 3rd edition 2012.


Dr Narinder Gosall relaxes with the PasTest team at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012

Narinder Gosall with the PasTest team at the BMA Medical Book Awards 2012 ceremony at BMA House, London.

New edition of The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal out now

 Wednesday 25 January 2012    Books


New edition of The Doctor’s Guide to Critical Appraisal out now

The third edition of The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal has been published! Based on the content of our critical appraisal courses, the book is a comprehensive review of the knowledge and skills needed to appraise clinical research papers. This new edition has more facts and tips packed into sixty new and updated chapters whilst keeping the unique structure and easy-to-read format. We've incorporated everything we've learned since the last edition, including improvements based on feedback comments from our course delegates. Thank you to everyone for all your help. It's a magical feeling to finally hold the finished product! We're sure you'll also be pleased with the book. It's included in the delegate pack of the Critical Appraisal Masterclass and Critical Appraisal Workshop. Get your copy today and do let us know what you think!

Critical appraisal book reprinted

 Tuesday 17 May 2011    Books


Critical appraisal book reprinted

The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal, 2nd edition, has been reprinted! The first edition was published in 2006 and reprinted twice. The second edition followed in 2009. Written by two members of the our team, The Doctor's Guide to Critical Appraisal continues to be a popular purchase by members of the medical community. It's concise and logical explanation of critical appraisal knowledge and skills makes it suitable for everyone who wants to read clinical papers with more confidence. If you've struggled to understand clinical papers, you can end your suffering by ordering your copy today! The book can be found in all good bookshops. A copy of the book is also included in the purchase price of our Critical Appraisal One Day Course and Critical Appraisal Two Day Workshop.