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Systematic Reviews

What is critical appraisal?

Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, its value and relevance in a particular context (Burls, 2009).           

Why do we need to critically appraise the literature? We do this to:

  • Weigh up the evidence for usefulness
  • Assess benefits and strengths for research against flaws and weaknesses
  • Assess the research process and results - Are the findings reliable? What do the results mean in the context of the decision we are making?


Critical appraisal websites