Critical Appraisal

Is it fact or opinion?

How can you tell whether a claimed intervention is truly effective? Critical appraisal skills enable you to methodically assess the validity, reliability and relevance of published studies.

Critical appraisal checklists -  CASP

Critical Appraisal Skills Program (CASP) provides eight appraisal checklists for a variety of study types.

Critical appraisal tools - JBI

A suite of 13 of critical appraisal checklists from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).

Critical appraisal tools - ICAHE

A list of critical appraisal tools from the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (ICAHE). Tools include reporting standards, outcome measures and assessing treatment choices.

Critical appraisal for surveys - CEBM 

Clear and concise 12 question tool for evaluating survey research. Centre for Evidence-Based Management (CEBM) also provides critical appraisal worksheets.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools

A Canadian resource providing information on the steps involved in evidence-informed public health. NCCMT provides e-learning modules for critical appraisal of guidelines, systematic reviews, qualitative studies, intervention studies and other study types.

Critical appraisal information 

Information from the University of Melbourne on CASP, AMSTAR, PRISMA and STROBE.

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