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Critical Appraisal

Use this guide to find information resources about critical appraisal including checklists, books and journal articles.

Last updated: 14/06/2018

Key Resources

British Medical Journal: How to read a paper
  • Articles in the BMJ that explain how to read and interpret different kinds of research papers.
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Centre for Evidence Based Medicine: Critical appraisal tools
  • Worksheets for appraising systematic reviews, diagnostics, prognostics and RCTs.
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Joanna Briggs Institute: Critical appraisal tools
The Campbell Collaboration: Methodological Expectations of Campbell Collaboration Intervention Reviews (MECCIR)
  • A useful resource for methods and evidence in applied social science.
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The Equator Network
  • A comprehensive database of reporting guidelines. Covers all the main study types.
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Books

Aveyard H (2014) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide (3rd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press. Aveyard H (2014) Doing a literature review in health and social care: a practical guide (3rd edition), Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Barker evidence Barker J H (2016) Evidence-based practice for nurses and healthcare professionals (3rd edition), Los Angeles: Sage. 
Greenhalgh How Greenhalgh T (2014) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (5th edition), Chichester: Wiley.
Booth A, Sutton A and Papaioannou D (2016) Systematic approaches to a successful literature review (2nd edition), Los Angeles: Sage. Booth A, Sutton A and Papaioannou D (2016) Systematic approaches to a successful literature review (2nd edition), Los Angeles: Sage.
Gerrish K, and Lathlean J (2015) The research process in nursing (7th edition), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Gray J (2016) Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: appraisal, synthesis and generation of evidence (8th edition), Philadelphia: Saunders. Gray J (2016) Burns and Grove’s the practice of nursing research: appraisal, synthesis and generation of evidence (8th edition), Philadelphia: Saunders.
Coughlan M and Cronin P (2016) Doing a literature review in nursing, health and social care, Los Angeles: Sage. Coughlan M and Cronin P (2016) Doing a literature review in nursing, health and social care, Los Angeles: Sage.
Elwood M (2017) Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies and clinical trials, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Elwood M (2017) Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies and clinical trials, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
LoBiondo-Wood G and Haber J (2018) Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (9th edition), St Louis: Elsevier. LoBiondo-Wood G and Haber J (2018) Nursing research: methods and critical appraisal for evidence-based practice (9th edition), St Louis: Elsevier.
Schmidt N A and Brown J M editors (2015) Evidence-based practice for nurses: appraisal and application of research (3rd edition), Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Schmidt N A and Brown J M editors (2015) Evidence-based practice for nurses: appraisal and application of research (3rd edition), Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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Journal articles

Buccheri RK and Sharifi C (2017) Critical appraisal tools and reporting guidelines for evidence‐based practice, Worldviews on Evidence‐Based Nursing, 14(6), pp. 463-472.
Connelly LM (2016) Trustworthiness in qualitative research. (Understanding research), MedSurg Nursing, 25 (6), pp.435-436.
Fineout-Overholt E, Melnyk BM, Stillwell SB and Williamson KM (2010) Critical appraisal of the evidence: part I. An introduction to gathering, evaluating and recording the evidence, American Journal of Nursing, 110 (7), pp.47-52.
Fineout-Overholt E, Melnyk BM, Stillwell, SB and Williamson KM (2010) Critical appraisal of the evidence: part II. Digging deeper—examining the "keeper" studies, American Journal of Nursing, 110 (9), pp. 41-48.
Fineout-Overholt E, Melnyk BM, Stillwell SB and Williamson KM (2010) Critical appraisal of the evidence: Part III. The process of synthesis: seeing similarities and differences across the body of evidence, American Journal of Nursing, 110 (11), pp. 43-51.
Heale R and Twycross A (2015) Validity and reliability in quantitative studies, Evidence-Based Nursing, 18 (3), pp.66-67.
Myers G and Levin RF (2012) "Can you touch your toes? Using tables of evidence (TOES) to organize your evidence review", Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 26 (4), pp.238-240.
Noble H and Smith J (2015) Issues of validity and reliability in qualitative research", Evidence-Based Nursing, 18 (2), pp.34-35
Smith J and Noble H (2014) Bias in research, Evidence-Based Nursing, 17 (4), pp. 100-101.
Smith J and Noble H (2016) Reviewing the literature, Evidence-Based Nursing, 19 (1), pp. 2-3.
Stonehouse D (2016) Evidence-based practice: knowing what's good or bad, British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 10 (4), pp. 199-201.
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