Critical Appraisal Workshop (2 day course)

The Critical Appraisal Workshop is our most comprehensive critical appraisal training event. The workshop lasts two days and covers everything you need to read clinical papers with confidence. Compared to the one day Critical Appraisal Masterclass, more time is available in the workshop for practical work, including appraising real clinical papers.


Everything you need to critically appraise research papers is covered over two days.

CPD accredited

Approved for 12 hours continuing professional development by the CPD Standards Office.

Practical exercises

You’ll complete many exercises in your handout and answer questions using digital wireless handsets.

Real papers

You’ll appraise real clinical papers under the expert guidance of our tutors using your new knowledge and skills.

Includes online access

You get free access to the online course from when you book until 6 months after the workshop.


The workshop is aimed at healthcare professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, researchers and students.


Individuals who already have a basic understanding of critical appraisal principles and are ready to develop these skills further. Individuals preparing for written critical appraisal examinations or those wanting to deep dive into the detail of studies would be suitable for this course.

About the Workshop

This workshop will begin with an overview of the key requirements for different study designs and the challenges faced by different study types. It will then focus on understanding the concepts of critical appraising studies with an in depth look at identifying strengths and limitations of studies. Understanding the key statistical principles when generating study results will also be covered to ensure interpretation of study results is done with confidence.

You will also practice your skills by critically appraising a selection of study types including RCTs, case control studies, cohort studies, survival studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the meaning of evidence-based medicine and the importance of critical appraisal skills.
  • Be able to identify different study designs and clinical questions they can address.
  • Be able to evaluate the methods to identify strengths and limitations of a study.
  • Understand how to choose a statistical test to analyse data and be able to interpret the results of a study.
  • Be able to decide whether to change clinical practice based on the results of a study.

Day 1 agenda

  • 09:00 – Clinical paper practical session - critical appraisal of an abstract
  • 09:20 - Hierarchy of evidence & strengths and limitations of different study designs
  • 09:45 - Non-inferiority studies & their requirements
  • 10:00 – Minimising bias and the impact of confounding factors in RCTs and RWE
  • 10:30 – Correlation & regression analysis (simple & multiple linear regression, logistic regression)
  • 11.00 - Refreshment break
  • 11:15 – Null hypothesis, p values & confidence intervals
  • 11:45 – Power and sample size
  • 12:15 –Type I & type II errors
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 13:30 - Intention to treat vs per protocol analysis & attrition bias
  • 14:00 – Odds ratios vs relative risks vs hazards ratios
  • 14:30 – Clinical paper practical session - appraising a randomised controlled trial
  • 15.30 - Clinical paper practical session - appraising an observational study
  • 16.00 - Close

Day 2 agenda

  • 09:00 – Practical session - Quick fire knowledge check from day 1
  • 09:30 - Practical session - Interpretation of study results: tables, graphs from study extracts
  • 10:45 - Refreshment break
  • 11:00 - Practical session -appraising a randomised controlled trial & discussion
  • 12:00 - Practical session -appraising an observational study & discussion
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 13:30 – Descriptive statistics & inferential statistics
  • 14:00 – Kaplan Meier analysis, HRs, Cox regression
  • 14:30 - Practical session -appraising a survival study & discussion
  • 15:00 – Systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • 15:30 - Practical session - appraising a systematic review / meta-analysis
  • 16:00 - Feedback and close

Pre-course material

Once you have booked a place on the Critical Appraisal Workshop, you will have access to the online Critical Appraisal course for 6 months.


Internet connection, camera and microphone.

Accessing the Workshop

You will be sent a zoom link and clinical papers for the Workshop, 24 hours before the course begins.

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