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LibrarySkills@UCL for NHS staff

A guide to information literacy and library skills for NHS staff from Trusts supported by UCL Library Services, to inform clinical practice, study and research.

Critical appraisal of a quantitative study (RCT)

The following video (5 mins, 36 secs.) helps to clarify the process of critical appraisal, how to systematically examine research, e.g. using checklists; the variety of tools /checklists available, and guidance on identifying the type of research you are faced with (so you can select the most appropriate appraisal tool).

Critical appraisal of an RCT: introduction to use of CASP checklists

The following video (4 min. 58 sec.) introduces the use of CASP checklists, specifically for critical appraisal of a randomised controlled trial (RCT) study paper; how the checklist is structured, and how to effectively use it.

Webinar recording of critical appraisal of an RCT

The following video is a recording of a webinar, with facilitator and participants using a CASP checklist, to critically appraise a randomised controlled trial paper, and determine whether it constitutes good practice.