Critical Appraisal Skills Programme


Virtual CASP Workshops

CASP runs online virtual workshop sessions with an experienced CASP trainer.

Book now to join a CASP workshop, 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.

There will be an introductory presentation, small group work appraising a published paper, followed by group discussion and feedback. The aim of the workshop is to give you the confidence to read and interpret research evidence, such that you are equipped to use evidence in decision-making. The main focus of the workshop is the use of critical appraisal to support you in clinical decision-making, and there will be time for questions throughout the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand why evidence-based health and care is important, and the role of critical appraisal within that

  • To understand the main elements of the study type being appraised (this will change depending on the booked session) and the important quality markers to look out for
  • To cover some of the important statistical analyses presented within the study type being looked at, and what they mean
  • To critically appraise a piece of published research using the CASP checklists

  • To consider whether/how the results can be used in practice

Participant places are limited in each virtual workshop to ensure optimal interaction between participants and lead trainer. CPD certification, which will work towards your portfolio for continuing professional development (equivalent to 3.5 hours) is also available to those that require it.

This workshop will take place online, and joining instructions will be sent to you after completion of booking. Participants will be sent pre-reading of a published paper to complete before the start of the session. This course will be taught in English and will take place in GMT.

Limited participant places apply to maintain good time for Q&A with the CASP trainer.

Sessions will be added on our Eventbrite pages – click the link below to book your place.

Our Workshops

Critical Appraisal Of Randomised Controlled Trials

This workshop will enable you to evaluate the validity and make sense of RCTs. By the end of the workshop, you will:

-Understand why randomised controlled trials produce the most reliable evidence for questions about effectiveness
-Understand the important elements of trial design
-Have learnt how to critically appraise a randomised controlled trial

Critical Appraisal Of Systematic Reviews

This workshop will enable you to evaluate the validity and make sense of systematic reviews. By the end of the workshop, you will:

-Understand why systematic review are important
-Know what makes a systematic review reliable and trustworthy
-Have critically appraised a published review article
-Be aware of resources to help you if you are doing a systematic review

Critical Appraisal Of Qualitative Studies

This workshop will enable you to evaluate the validity and make sense of qualitative studies. By the end of the workshop, you will:

-Have gained an appreciation of the role and uses of qualitative research
-Understand how the quality of qualitative research is assessed
-Have gained experience in critically appraising a qualitative research study
-Have explored the interpretation of the results of qualitative research and how to apply them in policy and practice.

Finding The Evidence

Finding the Evidence Workshops help participants to:

-Become aware of the best sources for finding relevant research evidence
-Learn how to formulate answerable clinical questions
-Learn how to develop effective search strategies
-Search efficiently and effectively for the right sort of research papers to answer their questions

Other Workshops

CASP has delivered commissioned workshops on a variety of areas & subjects and these depend on the needs of the client, past examples include:

-Workshops with a specific focus e.g. for dental practitioners, for public health, for nurses
-Workshops that deliver compressed training the trainer elements e.g. nursing degree tutors
-Please contact us if you have a specialist area that you think we might be able to help you with.

Train the Trainer Workshops

Do you regularly need to train a larger number of participants or manage your own in-house training courses? If so, we offer a Train the Trainer course which helps you learn how to provide training in critical appraisal.

Interested In Commissioning A Workshop?

CASP offers a range of workshop packages in the critical appraisal of: randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, qualitative studies or finding the evidence. Or you may have something very specific you want to organise which involves aspects of critical appraisal. If you would like to commission a workshop then we would be happy to come to your workplace/organisation to deliver it in house, or deliver it virtually. We also offer blended learning using a combination of online learning resources, alongside our face-to-face or virtual workshops.

We would be happy to discuss your needs and develop a proposal. Contact us for more information.

Need more information?

If you have a general query about the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme, or would like to book on to a workshop please get in touch.
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