How to read a randomised controlled trial

Course details


  • Formulating a precise and focussed research question
  • Understanding different research designs
  • Identifying bias in published clinical trials
  • Interpreting basic medical statistics (descriptive statistics, risk/odds, p-values and powers)

Attend if:

  • you need to be able to judge the quality of published health care research in order to make decisions about patient care or service development
  • you are carrying out a literature review or systematic review
  • you are presenting at a journal club

Previous experience required: the session works equally well as a refresher or introductory session on critical appraisal of quantitative research.

Duration: 2 ½ hours

Format: presentation with small group work, including discussion of a published article that will be distributed prior to the session.

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