Jun 15, 2017 10:00 AM
End: Jun 15, 2017 04:30 PM
In this one day workshop we consider how to critically appraise research papers. Each section in a paper is covered in turn and there is much emphasis on evaluating the collection and analysis of data as described by the authors. Widely available critical appraisal sheets are discussed.
The ability to critically appraise published research is a key skill for anyone involved in using and/or undertaking research. Within this course we discuss the importance of defining a meaningful research question and the key research factors implicated in answering a research question in an efficient and valid way. The following topics are discussed and are of use when designing your own research study and/or evaluating existing published material:
- Defining a research question
- Observational and experimental study designs
- Sampling and randomisation
- Bias and confounding
- Research protocols, checklists and records
- Competing study designs
- Displays and analysis of data
- Common pitfalls in analysis
- Reporting of results
- Validity of the results with respect to the research question
Delegates are given the opportunity to examine sample research design and appraisal checklists and to apply the skills gained throughout the course via practical appraisal activities.
All CASC courses take place in central London, in or close to the Institute of Child Health. Specific details of the course venue will be supplied after registration.
External Delegates (Non-UCL) £125.00
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni £62.50 *
ICH/GOSH Staff and Doctoral Students FREE †
* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you hold an official contract with the university.
† Limited free spaces available. If there are no free places remaining, ICH/GOSH Staff and Doctoral Students can still register at the UCL rate.
Prices include printed course materials, refreshments (and lunch for non-ICH/GOSH participants 12.45pm - 1.45pm)
Please note that no refunds will be given for cancellations made within five working days of the course start date or for non-attendance, and for individuals attending the course on a funded place, a fee will be charged for late cancellation/non-attendance according to the same time frame. This fee is needed to cover printing, catering, etc. costs that are ordered no later than 5 days before the course and are based on the number of people registered at that point in time.
“An excellent course - the content was really well delivered! Aimed at the correct level for my personal learning needs! Thank you!”
"I learned a lot in very few hours! I liked the use of voting buttons, which made the class more engaging. Practice exercises helped me understand things better.”
“I really enjoyed the day and content; [the teacher] was excellent and really knew what she was talking about. She was also very approachable so it was easy to ask questions if we didn't fully understand ditto the take away folder of notes-great to have as a follow up. I look forward to enrolling on another ICH a Stats course in due course”
"The voting button system was good. It was great to learn about statistics without having to worry about the maths side of things, it meant you could really focus on data/use/meaning.”
"This was an excellent lecture, interesting and useful information. The lecturer was fantastic, great at being encouraging and interactive and gave brilliant explanations.”
"The course was excellent and fun with the interactive voting and I would definitely attend another UCL course with no hesitation”