The ability to retrieve, critically appraise and integrate the research evidence into practice is essential to your ongoing growth. In this online course, you will develop the skills to conduct a literature search using various databases, evaluate different types of research and integrate and apply evidence-informed approaches to your decision making. Participants will work in groups to critically appraise various types of research using the PICOT framework and a critical appraisal tool. The final assignment will require participants to write and present a case report demonstrating the application of the five steps of evidence-informed practice developed throughout the course (Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, Assess).
This course provides participants with an introduction to critical appraisal of quantitative studies evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention (randomized trials), validity of a diagnostic test, identification of risk factors for disease development or prognostic factors for disease outcomes, the validity of a systematic review and an introduction to qualitative research.