Critical Appraisal Courses

Duncan Bootland, Evan Coughlan, Robert Galloway

As Emergency Medicine Consultants what is important to us is patient care. Underpinning this is an understanding of how to use the best available evidence to give the most appropriate treatments to our patients. Being able to critically appraise papers is a vital clinical skill and not something which should be thought of as only useful for 'Ivory Tower' researchers.

For the last 7 years we have run twice yearly critical appraisal courses for the Fellowship of Royal College of Emergency Medicine examination. The highly acclaimed 2 day course has seen very high pass rates for the examination and received excellent feedback from candidates.

We are now running 1 day courses for all Health Care Professionals. These are NOT the courses to do if you are studying for FRCEM but is the course for all others with an interest in the subject.

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Our courses are based on our two publications;

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Critical Appraisal for FCEM
The ability to read a paper, judge its quality, the importance of its results, and make a decision about whether to change practice based on the information given, is a core skill for all doctors. To be able to do this quickly and efficiently is, without a doubt, a skill needed by all time-pressured emergency doctors and one which is tested in the Fellowship of the College of Emergency Medicine (FCEM) examination.

Critical Appraisal for FCEM is the essential revision source for all those who want to pass the critical appraisal section of this exam. It is also required reading for those who want to incorporate evidence-based medicine into their everyday clinical practice.

With its relaxed conversational style―yet crammed with essential information, key tips, and advice―this book is indispensable for all those wanting to achieve success in their FCEM and MCEM examinations.

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Critical Appraisal From Papers to Patient
Having an understanding of critical appraisal and evidence-based medicine is a prerequisite to being an effective clinician. However, critical appraisal is often taught by people not involved in day-to-day clinical care, meaning the clinical relevance is not always brought to the fore.

This book takes a different approach. It is written by clinicians, for clinicians. It takes the reader step by step through the process so that any journal article can be easily read, evidence evaluated and the results - and their reliability - truly understood.

This accessible book is suitable for undergraduates and postgraduates of all medical specialties, nursing, paramedics, pharmacists and all allied health professions. It is the ideal reference for anyone needing help writing a clinical topic review, reviewing a paper in a journal club or preparing for a critical appraisal exam. But most importantly, it is essential for those who wish to practice medicine in the best possible way for their patients, using the best evidence, tailored to the individual.

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