Step 3: Evidence Appraisal
Rapid Critical Appraisal - Video
What is Critical Appraisal?
After finding articles, we need to determine what is worth keeping and including in our research. We do this through a critical appraisal of each piece of evidence. Critical appraisal is the process of carefully and systematically examining research to judge its trustworthiness, and its value and relevance in a particular context.
You want to ask:
- What are the results?
- Are the results valid?
- How useful is it to your patient/population/practice?
Evidence Appraisal Guides/Checklists
Creating a Literature Matrix
A literature matrix, or table of evidence, is a tool that will help you organize and synthesize the results of the articles you've found. Create a spreadsheet and, for each study you find during your research, create the following column headings: