Critical Appraisal Workshop

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.


Please note: This is a sample agenda for an in-person Workshop. Online Workshops will run from 9am to 3pm on each day due to shorter breaks and efficiencies of being online.

Day 1

  • 08:30 - Registration
  • 09:00 - Introduction to evidence-based practice
  • 09:10 - The clinical question; primary hypothesis; subgroup analysis;
  • 09:30 - Types of study design
  • 10:15 - Sampling
  • 10:30 - Bias
  • 10:45 - Refreshment break
  • 11:00 - Matching; randomisation
  • 11:30 - Blinding
  • 12:00 - Reliability; validity; outcomes
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Describing and summarising data
  • 14:00 - Risks and odds
  • 15:00 - Null hypothesis and p values
  • 15:45 - Refreshment break
  • 16:00 - Appraising a case-control study
  • 17:00 - Appraising a randomised controlled trial (1)
  • 18:00 - Close

Day 2

  • 09:00 - Appraising a randomised controlled trial (2)
  • 10:00 - Appraising a randomised controlled trial (3)
  • 10:45 - Refreshment break
  • 11:00 - Correlation and regression
  • 11:30 - Appraising a prognostic (survival) study
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Appraising a diagnostic study
  • 14:30 - Appraising a systematic review / meta-analysis (1)
  • 15:00 - Refreshment break
  • 15:15 - Appraising a systematic review / meta-analysis (2)
  • 16:30 - Feedback and close

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!

Book a workshop

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Virtual training

Critical Appraisal Workshop

11/02/22 - 12/02/22


Virtual training

Critical Appraisal Workshop

25/03/22 - 26/03/22


* For official orders from companies, organisations and academic institutions, an invoice can be generated for workshop reservations.

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