Drug Safety Research Unit

Reviewing and Understanding Clinical Papers

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
Southampton United Kingdom

Teaching Methodology:
Blended Learning

European Fees:
233 GBP
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Drug Safety Research Unit

University Accreditation: No

Individual Course


The practice of evidence-based medicine means integrating the current best research evidence with clinical decision making. Research evidence is one of many factors that are important when making healthcare decisions. Critical appraisal provides a systematic and objective way of examining research evidence in terms of its quality, validity, and relevance of results to specific situations. It provides a balanced assessment of the benefits and strengths of research against its flaws and weaknesses. As well as incorporating the theoretical foundation, the programme includes interactive sessions with practical techniques to enable participants to draw strong evidence based conclusions. Outline - Awareness of key study design and basic statistical concepts - Understanding of the critical appraisal process - Practical experience in applying critical appraisal - Gain additional skills in drawing conclusions on research findings - An appreciation of the rationale behind Evidence Based Medicine This course is offered as a stand alone short course, with CPD accreditation from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, and as part of our postgraduate programme in pharmacovigilance in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth.


- Integrate key date for critical appraisal in individual personal practice - Assemble appropriate instruments and resources for use in critical appraisal, and apply these tools to appraise published research and judge reliability - Formulate and manage effective individual personal information searching skills

IMI Standards

  • A predefined set of teaching objectives, leading to defined learning outcomes
  • Assessment of the students' achievement in accordance with the agreed learning outcomes of the training offered
  • A system for collecting, assessing and addressing feedback from learners, teachers, technical / administrative staff and programme / course / module managers
  • Availability of appropriate and regularly reviewed reference material (e.g. published articles, links, book chapters, scripts, etc)
  • Defined and transparent admission criteria
  • Quality assurance of teaching staff
  • Regular review of the QA/QC process and demonstration that the training is further developed in light of this review
  • The facilities, infrastructure, leadership and competences available for the support of student learning
  • University accreditation OR a system for approving, monitoring and reviewing the training offered