Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

Experts in the delivery of training to healthcare professionals
CASP offers critical appraisal skills training, workshops and tools. These help you read and check health research for trustworthiness, results & relevance.
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Our Workshops

CASP runs online virtual workshop sessions with an experienced CASP trainer. Book now to join a CASP session, looking at a study type (e.g. Systematic Reviews/Randomised Controlled Trials/Qualitative Studies) and how to read and understand them. These online workshops take place over 3 1/2 hours.

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Online Training Courses

Short online learning modules to increase confidence when reading research in your own time and space. CASP lead trainer, Erica Ison has developed these resources in response to the increasing demand for accessible learning modules in a time when critical appraisal skills are more important than ever.

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Checklist Tools

This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research. CASP has appraisal checklists designed for use with Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

Interactive and Practical Training

The philosophy of CASP has always been about sharing knowledge and understanding, working in ways that are non-hierarchical, multidisciplinary and using problem-based approaches. This ensures that it is accessible and has practical day to day application.

Everyone wants good health and healthcare that is effective. But how can we know whether a claimed intervention is truly effective? Many interventions are given with the best of intentions but have later been found to be ineffective with the potential for harm and wasted resources.

Critical appraisal skills enable you to systematically assess the trustworthiness, relevance and results of published papers. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) has over 25 years of significant and unrivalled expertise in the delivery of training to healthcare professionals.

  • Highly Recommended

    “I can’t tell you how much I benefited from the training I had last year. I use the systematic review and RCT papers and CASP crib sheets in my lectures and classes plus other teaching and learning resources provided during that week.”

  • Highly Recommended

    “I can’t tell you how much I benefited from the training I had last year. I use the systematic review and RCT papers and CASP crib sheets in my lectures and classes plus other teaching and learning resources provided during that week.”

  • Highly Recommended

    “I can’t tell you how much I benefited from the training I had last year. I use the systematic review and RCT papers and CASP crib sheets in my lectures and classes plus other teaching and learning resources provided during that week.”

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