Date(s) - 25/11/2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London
16th Floor, Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond

Critical Appraisal is a skill which needs to be practised by all health professionals as part of their work. This introductory course is for any staff working in a health environment, and aims to cover the basic principles of critically appraising qualitative research. It is not intended to cover research methods in detail.

Course description

Critical appraisal has been defined as ‘To weigh up the evidence critically to assess its validity (closeness to the truth) and usefulness (clinical applicability).’ Sackett & Haynes, EBM 1995; 1:4-5

Health professionals are faced with an overwhelming quantity of information and from this they must be able to sift the important and relevant findings in order to apply these to their practice.

Critical appraisal skills can help you in making informed decisions, in evidencing proposals and researching for reports. There will be pre-reading prior to the course.

This introductory course covers:

  • Principles of critical appraisal and why it is important
  • A summary of the steps involved in appraising qualitative research
  • Appraising an article in a group, using a checklist
  • Resources to assist critical appraisal

Learning objectives

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify principles of critical appraisal
  • Identify areas to consider when appraising qualitative research
  • Use a checklist to help critically appraise a piece of qualitative research
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a piece of qualitative research as a group.

Who can attend?

The courses are free for health care professionals employed by organisations associated with the National Institute of Health Research Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ and King’s College London:

  • King’s College London
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • St George’s University of London
  • St George’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Places are booked on a first come, first served basis. If the module is full, your name will be placed on a waiting list and if a place becomes available you will contacted at the latest 72 hours beforehand.

Non Attendance Policy

The courses in this programme are very popular and are often oversubscribed. If you are unable to attend a course you are booked on to you must notify us 72 hours in advance so we can offer the place to someone else.

If you do not attend on the day and are unable to provide a satisfactory explanation you may be removed from future course bookings.

For further information please contact the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ BRC Research Training Programme at