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Dear Colleagues,


The CPD working group of the HSLG are pleased to announce our upcoming
course "Critical Appraisal Skills" which takes place on Friday, 21st
August 2009 in the Health Research Board, 42- 47 Knockmaun House, Lower
Mount Street, Dublin 2. To apply for a place on this course, please
contact the course administrator, Anne Madden at [log in to unmask]


The course booking form is attached or alternatively can be downloaded
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Course Details


Course Code: CPD0902


Title: Critical Appraisal Skills


Venue: Health Research Board, 42-47 Knockmaun House, Lower Mount Street,
Dublin 2


Date: Friday, 21st August 2009


Time: 10am - 4pm


Cost: Standard rate - 250 Euro 

LAI/HSLG members 225 Euro   

Student /Unemployed rate - 100 Euro




Critical Appraisal Skills




The aim of this course is to provide a thorough introduction to critical
appraisal.  The course will include a series of presentations on various
aspects of critical appraisal with time available for practical
application in small groups.


The following topics will be covered during the day.


Introduction to critical appraisal

*                                             What is critical
appraisal, and what does it aim to achieve?

*                                             Why do we need to know how
to do critical appraisal?

*                                             What can we critically

*                                             Learning from others:
examples of published critical appraisal


How to do critical appraisal

*                                             critical appraisal

*                                             software for critical

*                                             teaching and facilitating
critical appraisal


What we need to look out for when testing the validity of major research

*                                             Systematic reviews

*                                             Meta-analyses

*                                             Randomized controlled

*                                             Qualitative studies


How to interpret the results of a study

*                                             What are the different
measures of clinical effectiveness?

*                                             What do the numbers mean?

*                                             Making sense of Forest

*                                             p-values




Trainer Profile - Mr. Alain Besson


We are delighted to confirm Mr. Alain Besson as the Course Leader.
Alain has more than 20 years experience of working in medical libraries,
mostly in the medical schools at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Royal
London Hospital.  His current position is manager of academic services
at Queen Mary, University of London.  Alain gained his library
qualification from University College London, and he holds a PhD from
the University of London.  He is accredited by CASP, the leading
teaching and learning organisation for critical appraisal in
evidence-based practice.


At the end of the course, you should be able to:


*         Explain what critical appraisal is, what it aims to achieve
and why we need to know how to do it

*         Learn from examples of published critical appraisal      

*         Use critical appraisal checklists

*         Teach and facilitate critical appraisal

*         Test the validity of major research methodologies, especially
systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomised controlled trials and
qualitative studies

*         Interpret the results of a study

*         Make sense of Forest plots


Course Outline:


09.30 - 10.00:   Registration and coffee


10.10 - 10.10:   Welcome and introduction


10.10 - 10.30:   Critical appraisal - what it is and how to do it


10.30 - 11.30:   Appraising quantitative research


11.30 - 11.50:   Coffee break


11.50 - 13.00:   Group work - appraising a systematic review


13.00 - 14.00:   Lunch


14.00 - 15.45:   Appraising qualitative research


15.45 - 16.00:   Close







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