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Why is Critical Appraisal important?
The pressure on healthcare services has never been greater. Many clinicians face the challenge of treating increasing numbers of patients more rapidly with a wider choice of interventions and are tasked to make the correct choices to improve clinical outcomes. Deciding on the strength of evidence for these treatments is critical and with the wealth of data that gets published it can often be challenging to interpret all aspects of the studies with confidence.
Critical appraisal skills are now as much a part of the clinician’s armoury as the ability to diagnose conditions and prescribe treatments. Critical appraisal skills allow clinicians to prioritise evidence that can improve outcomes. Such is the importance of acquiring these skills that critical appraisal is now routinely tested in medical, dental and nursing exams. By learning about the core critical appraisal skills we hope you will be able to apply evidence to your practice that will make a real positive difference to your patients.
The Critical Appraisal Online Course, Critical Appraisal Masterclass, Critical Appraisal Workshop and Webinars are approved for continuing professional development (CPD) by The CPD Standards Office. This independent accreditation demonstrates that the learning activities offered by The Critical Appraisal Company conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is expected of most healthcare professionals. Guidelines for CPD have been issued by regulators.
- General Medical Council
- General Dental Council
- Nurses and Midwives Council
- General Optical Council
- General Pharmaceutical Council
- Health and Care Professions Council
Licensed doctors have to revalidate every 5 years and must provide evidence they have engaged in CPD. Specific CPD requirements are largely determined by the relevant Medical Royal Colleges.
- Royal College of Anaesthetists
- Royal College of Emergency Medicine
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Pathologists
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Royal College of Radiologists
- Royal College of Surgeons
- Faculty of Dental Surgery
- Faculty of Occupational Medicine
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
- Faculty of Public Health
The Critical Appraisal Company
8 St Andrews Road, Brockhall Village, Old Langho, Blackburn BB6 8BP (UK)
Tel: 0845 643 9510 Fax: 0845 643 9511
The Critical Appraisal Company is the trading name of Superego Cafe Limited which is registered in England and Wales 5220316 and has VAT registration number GB854386495.
You are life-savers because critical appraisal is now simpler. All salient points explained. Selection was very comprehensive. It has been excellent! Well done. Your book is the best out there!
All excellent. I really appreciate the great sense of humour. I was so surprised at how the teaching stuck and I was able to do 2 days of critical appraisal. Brilliant!
Excellent tutor. Comprehensive handout. Concise and relevant slides. Good examples for illustration. Now gives me a format to approach critical appraisal with much more confidence - wish I'd done such a course years ago! Kept my attention throughout.
The workbook was fantastic! The A4 workbook particularly! The A3 workbook was good to put the skills learned into practice. Given my non-clinical background the concepts were challenging - however day 1 taught me a lot and you were able to explain statistical tests coherently in layman's terms. Thank you Narinder! I will be much more critical in methodology while researching.
Workbooks both of high quality and well laid out. Avoidance of simple 'check/tick box' exercises but encouraging thought and understanding. Course tutor entertaining, knowledgeable and approachable.
Great teaching - not boring - this is key to a course like this. Good combination of workbook and tutorial and didactic teaching. A4-sized workbook helps teach the main principles, great short exercises. Reinforcement of knowledge by filling in answers. A3 workbook very well done, consolidating all points learnt.