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Evidence Based Dentistry

What is critical appraisal?

Once you have found systematic reviews or clinical research articles related to your question you must critically evaluate the research and how it is reported. Even a Cochrane systematic review should be read critically!

Critical appraisal is the process of reading research papers with an focus on: 

  1. examining whether the results are valid and unbiased;
  2. understanding and evaluating the report of the results;
  3. deciding whether these results can be applied to your patient(s).

Critical Appraisal Worksheets

Appraisal tools can guide you through the process of critically reading an article.

Articles about Critically Appraising Dental Research

JAMA Evidence Users' Guides

A classic text useful to learning and applying Evidence Based Practice skills: