Having tracked down research that is relevant to your area of interest
the next task is to actually make sense of that research. This section
is intended to show you how to be critical of the research you are reviewing
and how to check that the evidence is credible and represented appropriately.
Unfortunately this means discussing the ways in which research findings
may be misrepresented.
The development of what are known as Critical Appraisal Skills is about
enhancing this aspect of research mindedness and includes more detailed
understanding of statistics and concepts such as statistical significance.
Those wishing to follow up critical appraisal skills are referred to
the following resources.
A website with a range of resources, links, tools and tutorials to aid
Centre for Evidence
Based Medicine (CEBM)
The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine has been established in Oxford
as the first of several centres around the country whose broad aim is
to promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources
to anyone who wants to make use of them.