About this event

  • Date and time Fri 18 Jun 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 21 May 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 



Standard pricing available until 17 June 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, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (JRSM)


View programme for the day

Morning session

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?

Afternoon session

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