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What is Critical Appraisal?
A critical appraisal of your selected articles will help you identify the strengths and weaknesses of each paper. Using one of the tool's or checklists below, you can evaluate the question(s), methodology and results of a study, allowing you to make an informed decision about the validity of each paper and whether to include it in your review.
Critical Appraisal Tools/Checklists
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) Checklists
CASP has checklists for RCTs, Systematic Reviews, Qualitative Studies, Cohort Studies, Diagnostic Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations and Clinical Prediction Rule
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) Worksheets
CEBM has worksheets for Systematic Reviews, Diagnostics, Prognosis, RCTs, Qualitative Studies and IPD Reviews.
Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Critical Appraisal Tools
JBI has checklists to appraise Analytical Cross Sectional Studies, Case Control Studies, Case Reports, Case Series, Cohort Studies, Diagnostic Test Accuracy Studies, Prevalence Studies, Economic Evaluations, Qualitative Studies, Quasi-Experimental Studies, RCTS, Systematic Reviews and Opinion Pieces
The AMSTAR Checklist can be used to evaluate Systematic Reviews
The AGREE II tool is intended to evaluate clinical guidelines
Videos on Critical Appraisal