Critical Appraisal Online Course

The Critical Appraisal Online Course is an exclusive multimedia resource for healthcare professionals who want to improve their critical appraisal knowledge and skills. This popular course teaches critical appraisal from first principles, assuming no prior knowledge. The presentations include audio narration and interactive components.

The course takes 6-8 hours to complete and is presented as a series of short modules.


Study anywhere

When and where you learn is entirely up to you. Study the course at your leisure in the comfort of your home or office with a broadband connection.


CPD accredited

Approved for continuing professional development by The CPD Standards Office.


Multimedia presentations

Crystal clear audio narration guides you through the multimedia presentations. Text, tables, figures and photographs are packaged together to help you learn better.


Interactive learning

Learning is best when it's an interactive process. Test your understanding with quizzes at the end of each presentation. Watch the presentations as often as you want.

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Instant access

Start improving your critical appraisal skills today. Choose your username and password and then make a secure online payment. Begin viewing the course within minutes.

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Great value

Save money on travel and accommodation costs with the online course.

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Learning objectives

  • Understand the meaning of evidence-based medicine and the importance of critical appraisal skills
  • Be able to identify different study designs
  • Be able to evaluate the methods of any study for strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand how to choose a statistical test to analyse data and be able to interpret the results of any study
  • Be able to calculate clinically useful statistics from results data
  • Be able to decide whether to change clinical practice based on the results of a study


  • Speed-read clinical research papers - and enjoy it!
  • Impress your colleagues in journal clubs with your critical appraisal skills!
  • Give gold standard answers to critical appraisal questions in interviews!
  • Write authoritative literature reviews and get top marks!
  • Pass critical appraisal exams with ease - no more revision required!

Yesterday I booked a one month subscription (online critical appraisal) as I was not entirely sure about the course. After using it for less than 24 hours I have realized it is a tremendous course. My congratulations to the organizers. It is an amazing course.

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