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Critical Appraisal & Evidence Based Practice (EBP)

CASP Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

CASP provides resources, learning and development opportunities to support critical appraisal skills development in the UK; at its core is the aspiration that health care practitioners in the UK have access to resources and training that help them appraise information underpinning decision making for its reliability, and validity. CASP is a non profit making entity, subsidised places for training are offered to NHS/Public Sector workers and participants from the charity & voluntary sector.

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine

The CEBM provides free support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers and others interested in learning more about evidence based medicine (EBM).Contains useful tools and downloads for the critical appraisal of medical evidence here.  

BestBETs Critical Appraisal Worksheets


SIGN Critical Appraisal Notes and Checklists


PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.The aim of the PRISMA Statement is to help authors improve the reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

JAMA Evidence

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) integrates the best available evidence with clinical experience that allows clinicians to recommend, and their patients to make, informed choices consistent with their values. JAMAevidence helps decision makers identify the best available evidence by providing guides to the systematic consideration of the validity, importance, and applicability of claims about the assessment of health problems and the outcomes of health care.


Critical Appraisal Worksheets:

Information Cycle Worksheets:


University of Cambridge Critical Appraisal Resources

Finding articles is one thing, reading them and deciding whether the evidence is strong enough is quite another. Here are a few resources that might help.

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