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Evidence Based Practice: Critical Appraisal

This page provides information on locating and evaluating literature used to support evidence based practice.

Importance of Appraisal

Once you figure out what to look for and where to look, you still have to worry about the quality of the material you find. A poorly done systematic review is not better than a well done randomized controlled trial.  On this page, you will find some resources to help you with appraising the material you find.

Guides to Appraising Literature

How to Read a Paper Series

CMAJ Evidence-Based Medicine Series 

The following series of articles from the Canadian Medical Association Journal, published between 2004 and 2005, include tips for learners of EBM and overcoming challenges for instructors of EBM.

Calculators

Understanding Statistics