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Critical Appraisal Checklist

Determining the Validity of Resources - Critical Appraisal

Ask these questions as you review resources...

  1.  What year was the publication published?
  2.  What journal/resource has published this resource?  Have you heard of this research?
  3.  What institution is connected to the author(s)?
  4.  Does this study address a clearly focused question?
  5.  Does this study add anything new?
  6.  What type of study is this research?  (randomized controlled trial, cohort study, retrospective study, systematic review?
  7.  Did the study use valid methods to address this question?
  8.  Was the study design appropriate for the research question?
  9.  How many subjects were used in this research?
  10.  Were the statistical analysis performed correctly?
  11.  What are the biases or other considerations that influenced the research results?
  12.   Are there any conflicts of interest?

Additional Resources

Critical Appraisal of Clinical Research.  Al-Jundi A, Sakka S. J Clin Diagn Res. 2017 May;11(5):JE01-JE05. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2017/26047.9942. Epub 2017 May 1. Review.  PMID:   28658805

Critical appraisal process: step-by-step.Timm DF, Banks DE, McLarty J. South Med J. 2012 Mar;105(3):144-8. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e31824a711f. Review. PMID:   22392210

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