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Research Related Development

Critically Evaluating Papers in Health & Social Sciences

1 day

About This Course
It is vital for researchers to be able to identify good quality research although this has been made increasingly difficult by the sheer quantity of new research being published annually. As a researcher, how can you evaluate the reliability and validity of the research you identify?

Who Should Take This Course?
This course should prove to be of particular interest to researchers who:

  • working in health and social care

Outline of Content

  • What is critical appraisal, and why is it important
  •  Overview of methods
  • Appraising different study designs
    • Systematic reviews
    • Randomised controlled trials
    • Observational studies
  • Review of online useful resources

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, it is expected that learners will be able to:

  • understand what is meant by critical appraisal and why it is necessary
  • understand the different types of quantitative evidence (randomised and quasi-randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, observational research – including longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses)
  • understand the hierarchy of evidence
  • assess a range of quantitative research papers for validity, reliability, and applicability
  • locate checklists and guides for critically appraising quantitative studies

22 March 2016

11th Floor, McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0DE
09:30 - 16:30

To book a place on either date please submit your booking request via Core Portal*
*Please note you will need to inform your line manager/principal investigator of your training request so that they can authorise it in the Core Portal. No automated email will be sent notifying them of pending training requests.

Provider: HUMRS
Target Audience: S