About this event

  • Date and time Fri 21 May 2021 from 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Library, Dr Kamran Abbasi

This critical appraisal and research methods course is aimed at all doctors, dentists, nurses, health professionals, and students who are interested in research, speaking at journal clubs, and personal development within their professional career.

Can't make this date? This course is also running on Friday 18 June 2021 from 10:30am to 4:30pm

Book today to increase your knowledge of research methods and to hone your skills to evaluate research papers. 

Delegates will:

  • Develop a reliable approach to the evaluation and appraisal of published clinical research papers
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs in observational research
  • Understand the principles that underlie randomise controlled trial and realise how they can be subverted by poor design and execution
  • Lose any fear of the critical appraisal sections of examinations and interviews
  • Gain confidence when speaking at journal clubs
  • Be able to contribute to design and development when planning research projects 

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 5 CPD credit(s) will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


Standard pricing available until 20 May 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£60.00 £40.00 £20.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee Student
£120.00 £80.00 £40.00

Key speakers

Dr Kamran Abbasi

Executive Editor, British Medical Journal (BMJ), Editor in Chief, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM)

Dr John Fletcher

Research Editor, The BMJ


Programme for the day

Introduction: An approach to critical appraisal of research papers
Comfort break
How do journals select the papers they publish?
Appraising observational studies: What are the different methodologies and their relative strengths and weaknesses?
An introduction to statistics for appraisal of medical research
Comfort break
Appraising RCTs and systematic reviews: good and bad practice in design, conduct, and reporting.
Closing remarks



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Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

Special rates for difficult times
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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