Critical Appraisal of Clinical Trials: Evidence-Based Medicine and Its Uncertainties

Practical Information

Commencing Date:
World Wide (Distance Learning)

Teaching Methodology:
Distance Learning
Credits :
Short courses (CPD): 3 ECTS credits

European Fees:
3000 EUR
Scholarship Possibilities:

Course Contact

Eu2P Office

+ (33) 5 57 57 92 57


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University Accreditation: Yes

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Objectives: To analyse and discuss strengths and limitations of randomised clinical trials and other epidemiological studies. To analyse and discuss strengths and limitations of evidence-based medicine. To undertake complete critical appraisals of different randomised clinical trials and meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. To identify the essential questions that remain to be studied for a given health problem. To translate a therapeutic uncertainty into a research hypothesis and a research study protocol. Topics covered: Randomised clinical trials limitations. Evidence-based medicine and its limitations. Critical appraisal of randomised clinical trials limitations. Critical appraisal of a meta-analysis of randomised clinical trials. From therapeutic uncertainty to a research protocol

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