UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Critical Appraisal

10:00 am to 4:30 pm, 31 January 2020

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.

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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. 


Course fees

External Delegates (Non-UCL)£150.00
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni£75.00 *
Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSHFREE †

* 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, Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH 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 non-attendance or cancellations made within 5 working days of the start of the course. For delegates attending courses on funded places, a £50 fee will be charged for late cancellation, non-attendance or partial-attendance. 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. 

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^Registration period is 9.45am-10.00am with tea and coffee served and the course will start promptly at 10.00am


“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”