Critical appraisal: how to examine and evaluate the research evidence

Alyson L. Dodd, Siobhan Reilly, Faraz Ahmed, Carol Thomas

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This chapter on critical appraisal provides an essential guide to students and researchers on the what, why and how of an increasingly important set of skills in health research. Indeed, critical appraisal is now a key tenet of academic writing and scholarship. This chapter covers: what critical appraisal is; why critical appraisal is important; critical appraisal tools and checklists, including an overview of how to find and select them for different research designs; and useful practical guidance on how to assess methodological quality what, why, when and how.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Theory and Methods in Applied Health Research
Subtitle of host publicationQuestions, Methods and Choices
EditorsCatherine Walshe, Sarah Brearley
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781785363214
ISBN (Print)9781785363207
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameBusiness 2020
PublisherEdward Elgar

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