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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 at www.hslg.ie Please forward your completed booking forms to Anne Madden at [log in to unmask]

 

Places are limited so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

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

 

Focus

 

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 appraise?

§                                             Learning from others: examples of published critical appraisal

 

How to do critical appraisal

§                                             critical appraisal checklists

§                                             software for critical appraisal

§                                             teaching and facilitating critical appraisal

 

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

§                                             Systematic reviews

§                                             Meta-analyses

§                                             Randomized controlled trials

§                                             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 plots

§                                             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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