Critical Appraisal Skills

Working together with the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH), PHAST are delighted to deliver a half day workshop re Critical Appraisal Skills – facilitated by Sally Crowe.

Critical Appraisal skills enable you to assess the trustworthiness, relevance and results of published papers so that you can decide if they are believable and useful. This interactive half day workshop will help you familiarize yourself with key concepts in critical appraisal and apply these to a real study and consider the implications of your appraisal in the context of a public health scenario.

The workshop is relevant to Public Health Practitioners new to critical appraisal, or for those that want to brush up their critical appraisal skills. Participants will be committed to reading two research papers prior to the workshop and attending with an open mind.

There will be three components to the course:

  1. Introductory session on evidence based decision making and components of Randomised Controlled Trials, Systematic Reviews including some basic statistics
  2. Small group work x 2 appraising a paper using a checklist
  3. Sharing feedback between the small groups and considering the research in the context of a public health scenarios.

Participants will receive a workshop pack and a glossary of terms

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate why it is important that decisions are informed by the best available evidence
  • Have critically appraised a systematic review or randomized controlled trial
  • Considered this evidence in the context of their own practice

To book a place, please contact Gina Mohajer on 0207 265 7327 or email  or click on the Register button below:



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