Introduction to Critical Appraisal for Medical Students

Submitted by Michelle Keba Knecht on May 23rd, 2023
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Short Description: 

In this session, first year medical students in their second semester of study are introduced to the concept of critical appraisal. During the first hour, students will receive an introductory lecture on critical appraisal and the CASP checklist tool. During the second hour, students will be provided with discussion questions and an article on labor induction versus expectant management in low-risk nulliparous women. Students will review the article and answer the discussion questions in their small groups with their small group facilitators.

The session introduces critical appraisal topics including blinding, randomization, concealment allocation, intention-to-treat analysis, power, statistical significance, and clinical significance.

This lesson is one component of the Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum for Undergraduate Medical Education at Florida Atlantic University.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Recognize basic statistical and epidemiologic principles and methods in a randomized control trial.
  • Critically appraise a randomized control trial that is published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Suggested Citation: 
Keba Knecht, Michelle. "Introduction to Critical Appraisal for Medical Students." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2023.