Critical appraisal is a critical evaluation of research literature. It's essential for informed decision-making that seeks to identify the strengths and limitations of the studies found.
Critical appraisal evaluates:
Credibility - author qualifications, reputability (peer-review)
Accuracy - currency of the evidence
Reasonability - objective, unbiased (research question, study design, funding, publishing)
Support - use of references
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Questions to ask when appraising evidence:
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