Module 1: Professional Accountability and Prescribing

Lesson 5

Step 4: Appraise/Critique

Appraising or critiquing the research articles found to determine methodological quality and relevance.

In practical language, this is about checking to see if the evidence is “good enough”.  One should take the time to critically appraise the articles using a standardized template.  Many critical appraisal tools (CATs) are available online.  Be sure to find the correct CAT for the type of research article you have found.

Some recommended sources of CATs include: